Matt Gwilliam enters his third season as the Marshall women's soccer program's top assistant coach. He will assist head coach Chris Kane in all aspects of the program while also serving as recruiting coordinator.
The 2007 recruiting class is rated as the best ever for Marshall. The class was ranked 92nd nationally by SoccerBuzz, a national women's soccer magazine. The class was also tabbed 15th in the Great Lakes Region. Again, one of the Herd's international signees, Erika Duncan, was rated in the top-12 international recruits by SoccerBuzz.
The first class that Gwilliam had a part in recruiting was the 2006 class. The incoming class of the Herd was ranked 16th in the Great Lakes region by SoccerBuzz. Also, the Herd's international signee for the fall, Julia Axelsson, was named to the Top-20 International recruits of 2006 by SoccerBuzz.
Gwilliam came to Marshall from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. There, he served as the Lady Bulldogs' top assistant for three seasons and also as interim head coach for the spring of 2005. While at The Citadel, he worked primarily with the defense and goalkeepers, lowering the team's GAA in each of the three seasons. He also coached the program's first Southern Conference award winner. Also, during his time at The Citadel, he was an adjunct faculty member in Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science.
Prior to his stint at The Citadel, Gwilliam was the men's assistant coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. His job there included recruiting and working with the team's goalkeepers. His work with the team's goalkeeper paid off in a Centennial Conference all league performer. Also, during that time, he worked with the highly successful Hershey High School girls' program helping the team into the Pennsylvania district playoffs for two straight seasons.
Gwilliam also has an extensive background in coaching youth soccer. Currently, he is a staff coach with the West Virginia Olympic Development program working with the 1991 girls. Prior to his involvement in youth Soccer in West Virginia, he served as the assistant director of coaching for the Charleston United Soccer Club. He served as the head goalkeeper trainer there while also training the U18 girls team. His U18 girls team that year won the South Carolina State tournament. He also serves as a camp staff coach with One on One Soccer, Penn State Soccer Camp, Central Michigan Soccer Camp, Between the Pipes Goalkeeper School and Elizabethtown Soccer School.
A 2001 graduate of Elizabethtown (PA) College, Gwilliam played for the Blue Jays men's soccer team from 1997-2000. He spent four-years between the pipes as the goalkeeper, earning Middle Atlantic Conference First-Team recognition and four all-academic team honors, while being nominated for an All-America spot. During his career, the Blue Jays went a combines 60-18-2, winning a conference championship and participating in the NCAA tournament.
A native of Quakertown, Pa., Gwilliam holds a bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education from Elizabethtown (2001) and master's degree in Health and Physical Education from The Citadel (2004). He holds an Advanced National Diploma and a Regional Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA.