Jeff Matthews
Jeff Matthews
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 413-542-2219
Season: 7th


Jeff Matthews



Career Coaching Record
Amherst College
(7th season, 95-41-22 overall)
.671 Winning Percentage

2012-13: 13-11-1
2013-14: 13-7-5
2014-15: 17-5-4
2015-16: 22-3-3
2016-17: 14-8-5
2017-18: 16-7-4



  • Guided 2015-16 Squad to the Winningest Regular Season in Program History (20-1-3)

  • Secured an At-Large Bid to Return Amherst to NCAA Tournament for the First Time Since 2011 in 2015-16

  • Coach of 16 All-NESCAC, Six All-Region and Five All-American Selections

Jeff Matthews enters his seventh season at the helm of the women’s ice hockey program, and has led the Mammoths to a combined record of 52-18-12 in the past three seasons.

Posting 14-plus win seasons in each of the past four years, the Mammoths have advanced to three consecutive NESCAC Championship Finals bouts, including during a noteworthy 2015-16 campaign in which the Mammoths got off to the best start to a season in program history (8-0-3) and finished the year by taking 12 of 13 games to become the winningest regular season squad in the history of the program (20-1-3). Earning the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament for the third consecutive season after posting a 13-1-2 mark in league play, the Mammoths advanced to the Finals for the first time since 2011-12 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament to become one of just eight teams nation-wide to claim the honor. Falling to the No. 1 ranked and eventual NCAA DIII National Champion SUNY Plattsburgh in the first round, Amherst concluded its distinguished season as and’s No. 6 team in the country.

Under his guidance in 158 games behind the bench, Matthews has had 16 players garner All-NESCAC honors, six players tabbed All-Region, and five student-athletes named All-American. Noteworthy post-season accolades from 2017-18 season include Alex Toupal '18 and Miriam Eickhoff '19 being named All-NESCAC and Toupal raking in her third consecutive All-American honor. 

2016-17 All-NESCAC: Alex Toupal '18, Caitlyn Ryan '17
All-America: Toupal
2015-16 All-NESCAC: Alex Toupal '18, Caitlyn Ryan '17, Erin Martin '16
All-America: Toupal, Ryan
2014-15 All-NESCAC: Tori Salmon '15, Erin Martin '16, Ryan, Lynndy Smith ’17
All-America: Toupal
2013-14 All-NESCAC: Tori Salmon '15 and Erin Martin '16
2012-13 All-NESCAC: Geneva Lloyd ’13, Ashley Salerno ’14, and Tori Salmon '15
NESCAC Player of the Year: Lloyd
All-American: Lloyd

Apart from his coaching responsibilities, Matthews has shown dedication to the town of Amherst and its surrounding communities, helping establish the inaugural ‘Pink in the Rink’ game during his first season in 2012-13. An annual fundraiser in support of breast cancer and spreading breast cancer awareness, the Amherst women’s hockey team has donated all proceeds during the past four seasons to the Cancer Connection of Northampton, Mass.

Prior to Amherst, Matthews spent six seasons as the head coach of the Northwood School boys’ junior team in Lake Placid, N.Y., racking up a 174-59-17 record and a .730 winning percentage. During his tenure, Matthews coached over 50 hockey alumni who continued their playing careers at Division I and III collegiate institutions nationwide, including Amherst’s own Andrew Fenwick ’15 and Chris Roll ’17. In addition to his coaching duties, Matthews taught economics and was recognized as the 2010 Jim Fullerton Award winner (Northwood’s top faculty prize).

A seasoned coaching veteran, Matthews also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Division I Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), helping to run every facet of the Engineers’ men’s hockey program. He has also served as the head boys’ varsity coach at Northfield Mount Hermon (2001-04) and as an assistant at Division I American International College.

A graduate of Deerfield Academy (1991), he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from RPI in 1995, where he played in 124 games and helped lead the team to an ECAC Championship in his senior season. Following his graduation from RPI, Matthews played professionally for a season in Sweden, and he also went on to receive a master’s in educational psychology from AIC in 2002.

Matthews is the son of longtime Westfield High School coach C.B. Matthews, who in 2012 won the Matthew J. Ryan award for outstanding contributions and dedication to high school hockey in western Massachusetts. He is married to former Division I Providence College women’s hockey standout Sarah (Youlen) Matthews, who also served as an assistant coach at RPI and Northwood.