ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone has announced the hiring of Matt Kern as the Bulldogs new head men's soccer coach, pending the approval of the school's Board of Trustees. Kern will replace long-time head coach Steve Cornish on July 1.
Kern, who has worked as a head coach at the University of the South and Wofford College, has spent the past two years working in Asheville. He assisted both the Bulldog men's and women's soccer teams as their Goalkeeper Coach and was the Special Programs Director of Coaching with the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.
"We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Kern as our new head men's soccer coach," declared Cone. "Matt's experience as a head coach plus his ties to the local soccer community made him the perfect choice to lead our program."
"I want to thank Chancellor Ponder, Director of Athletics Janet Cone and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach at an outstanding institution such as UNC Asheville," stated Kern. We have the potential to be a strong program in the Big South, and I'm anxious to get started and begin preparations for the 2010 season.
"I also want to thank Steve and Michele Cornish for allowing me to be a part of their programs the past two years," added Kern.
Kern coached at Wofford College for six seasons from 2002 to 2007. The Terrier program steadily improved under his guidance and set a school record for wins in Division I in 2007. He left the program in good hands as Wofford won the Southern Conference championship in 2009. All 11 starters for the Terriers' championship team were players Kern brought into the program.
He coached for 11 years at The University of The South (Sewanee) before going to Wofford. He was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year after the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Kern led the school to the 2001 SCAC championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Tigers went 31-6-1 under Kern in his final two years at Sewanee. He also coached the golf team and was Director of Intramurals during his tenure.
The Maryland native was an assistant coach at Springfield College for one year and helped the program set a school record for wins and a national ranking.
He enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Hartwick College from 1984-87. Kern was a four-year starter and helped lead the school to two Final Fours, three Elite Eight appearances and four Sweet 16's. He graduated from Hartwick in 1988.
His wife Chapman is the Director of Athletics at Asheville School. They have two children, Brooks (15) and Emerson (10).