Lourdes University athletics director Janet Eaton has announced the hiring of Matt Johnson as the Gray Wolves’ next head men’s soccer coach.
No stranger to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Johnson previously spent nine seasons at Marygrove College, where he compiled a 75-84-8 record overall and a 35-22-6 mark in conference play.
“I am excited to have Coach Johnson join our coaching staff here at Lourdes,” Eaton stated. His familiarity to the conference, along with past success makes him a good fit for our athletic community. I am excited to watch him grow our men’s soccer program.”
In Marygrove’s six seasons in the WHAC during his tenure, his teams included six players that were named First Team All-WHAC, two Second Team All-WHAC selections, and four Honorable Mention All-WHAC honorees. In addition, Johnson had produced the WHAC Newcomer of the Year in 2012. He also had eight different athletes earn WHAC Player of the Week accolades.
Johnson’s teams had success in the classroom as well, as 13 players were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team during the six seasons in the conference.
“I’m very excited to accept the men’s soccer coaching position at Lourdes,” Johnson stated. “I think my vision for the future of the Lourdes soccer program fits in really well with the direction the athletics department is going, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to implement that vision, both on and off the field. Winning in the league with as much top-to-bottom quality as the WHAC is certainly not easy, but between the great location, beautiful and welcoming campus community, and continually improving athletic facilities, Lourdes has all the tools in place to be competitive.”
Johnson has also spent time as a youth coach with the Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club, including the US Development Academy teams at the U12, U17, and U19 age levels.
A standout player in his own right, Johnson played with the Detroit Ignition, a professional team in the Major Indoor Soccer League and Xtreme Soccer League. He was an assistant coach and player from 2006-2008 before becoming the head coach in 2008-2009.
Johnson becomes just the second head coach in the history of the Lourdes men’s soccer program, which began with the 2015 season.
“At this point, more than anything, I’m looking forward to getting on the practice field with the talented group of returning players, and start the process of working towards next fall,” Johnson concluded.