January 23, 2007      
 
Gaiter Soccer Change

Last month Tony Addona, Director of Athletics at Bishop’s University, named Darren Matthews as the new Head Coach of the Gaiter women’s soccer program.

Matthews, who has been involved with the team as an assistant coach since 2002, takes over from Michael Richardson who stepped down after the season.

“We are very pleased to confirm Darren’s appointment as Head Soccer Coach. Darren is a very motivated individual and accepts this challenge wholeheartedly. Darren has a well thought out plan for what he wants to do and this is very positive for the future of the program,” said Addona.

Matthews is a full time professor at Champlain College Lennoxville. He has been the department head of the Social Science and Humanities programs since 2001. He will continue his teaching and academic duties while he coaches the team.

Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and also has a Master’s degree in Ancient History from the Universite de Montreal. He is presently completing requirements for his Ph.D in Archaeology from the Universite Laval.

Matthews played soccer at the CEGEP and University level and has also played soccer for clubs in Australia, South Korea and Germany.

“We would obviously like to improve on last year’s record. Our starting points will be based on our best performances from last season as well as our strengths,” mentioned the new Head Coach. “Our plan is to play with more intensity and to be more efficient with the ball. Just improving on these two things can greatly aid us in becoming a better team.”

This past fall, the Gaiters showed encouraging signs by gaining six points in league standings in 13 games- this was their best performance since 2003. They also showed character and ability in playing to a 0-0 tie against the perennially strong Montreal Carabins.

Matthews will be able to count on seventeen veterans returning next September- nine of whom were in their first year in 2006. The losses are graduating players Jennifer Anderson, Cara Blainey and Stacey Holder.

One of Matthews’s main goals is to put the program back on the winning track. The Gaiters have not made the playoffs since 2002 and have not enjoyed a winning season since 2001 when they completed league play with an 8-3-2 record.
 
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