MATT BROWN | ASSISTANT COACH
Matt Brown just finished his first season as assistant coach for the University at Buffalo men's soccer team. Brown oversaw the UB goalkeepers as well as the day-to-day activities of the team.
"To be able to attract someone with the background and quality of Matt is a real coup for the program," said fourth-year head coach Stu Riddle. "The goalkeeping department has been left in very good shape thanks to the efforts over the last three years of Coach Camp and I am positive that Matt will slot into the role seamlessly and that no momentum will be lost."
Brown made his presence felt after just one season on campus as he turned junior goalkeeper Joseph Kuta into one of the best keepers in the country. Kuta finished the season with a 12-4-3 record to go along with a 0.86 goals-against average, .805 save percentage and 10 clean sheets. The 10 shutouts tie Bobby Shuttleworth's program record for clean sheets in a season. The junior also earned MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week twice this season, becoming the first UB men's soccer player to do so.
Under Brown's tutelage, the Bulls set a team record for shutouts in a season (10) while ranking third in program history in goals against (17) and goals-against average (0.86).
Brown has spent the last seven seasons as a coach with his last stop coming as the head coach at Bournemouth & Poole College in England from 2013-15. Before Bournemouth & Poole College, he was the Youth Goalkeeper Development coach for the U7-U16's for Sholing FC for three seasons and head coach at Hounsdown High School from 2011-12.
Brown had a very successful playing career professionally in England as he eappeared between the pipes for five teams during his career. The teams he appeared with include Poole Town, Sholing FC, Romsey Town FC, Launceston Town and Eastleigh FC.
The highlight of his career came in 2014 when he helped lead Sholing FC to the Wessex Premier Division Championship as well as their first FA National Vase title. Brown was awarded the FA Vase Most Valuable Player award after earning the cleansheet in his teams 1-0 victory over West Auckland Town at Wembley Stadium.
After graduating from the Southampton FC Academy in 2006, Brown began his professional career in 2007 as he was a trialist for the U18 English National soccer team.
Prior to his professional career, Brown spent seven seasons in the Southampton FC Academy with the likes of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal's Theo Walcott.