Matt Kern, a former assistant coach for the UNC Asheville men's and women's soccer programs, is in his fifth year as head coach of the Bulldog men's program.
In 2013, the Bulldogs improved their win total to five after winning just one match in 2012. Highlights of the season, included a 1-0 upset win over sixth-ranked Coastal Carolina late in the year. The Chanticleers would win the Big South and advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16."
Kern, who has worked as a head coach at the University of the South and Wofford College, was hired in June 2010 after spending 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.
He succeeded long-time men's head coach Steve Cornish, who stepped down in the spring of 2010 to accept a coaching and teaching position at Shattuck-St. Mary's Academy in Minnesota.
Kern coached at Wofford College for six seasons from 2002 through 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.
Matt lives in Asheville and has two children, Brooks (19) and Emerson (15).