AMHERST, Mass. – Former Assistant Coach Matt Travis will return to the Pioneer Valley in 2019 as he rejoins the coaching staff of Head Coach Justin Serpone with the Amherst men's soccer program.
Bill Schmid, who helped lead Amherst to 14 victories and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2018, has accepted a position on the staff at Division 1 Yale University.
Before taking the head coaching job at Coe College (IA), Travis worked under Serpone for two years, with responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, video analysis, team travel arrangements and assisting with on-field coaching. He helped lead the men's soccer program at Amherst to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the round of 16 in both 2016 and 2017.
In 2016, the Mammoths won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season and NESCAC Tournament Championship, finishing with a 17-1-2 record. The coaching staff, with Travis a part of it, garnered the New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors for their efforts in 2016.
The 2017 Amherst squad featured a starting line-up with five freshmen that finished the season with a 12-4-3 record. Amherst finished 10th in the United Soccer Coaches Association Top 25 Poll in both 2016 and 2017.
"We're fortunate to have Matt back on staff this fall. He did an outstanding job at Coe this past year, where he recruited 19 incoming players, and now is another member of the staff with head coaching experience," noted Serpone. " A staff with Derek (Shea), Jeff (Huffman) and Matt is an embarrassment of riches - not only with soccer knowledge- but in character and friendship."
Prior to his first stint at Amherst, Travis served as the graduate assistant men's soccer coach at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina, for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. While earning a Master of Arts in Leadership Management at Montreat, he performed all the duties of a first assistant coach and was part of a staff that turned the soccer program around from a 6-11 record in 2014 to 8-7-2 in 2015. Travis also served as a state staff head coach for the Olympic Development Program in North Carolina.
In addition, the Chesapeake, Virginia native was a head club travel coach with Beach FC in Virginia Beach from 2012-2014. He also served as an assistant coach for boys' varsity soccer at Hickory High School in Chesapeake (2012) and Cox High School in Virginia Beach (2013). Travis received a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia,
Schmid holds both a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in sports psychology from Springfield, where he also spent two seasons on the coaching staff, including serving as the Interim Head Coach in the spring of 2018. He was a four-year starter for the men's soccer team, including serving as team captain as a senior, then helped the Pride to a 33-3-4 record while on the bench.
"Bill comes highly recommended from some top coaches in the college game," Yale Head Coach Kyle Stannard said. "He's quite possibly one of the most experienced college coaches in the country for his age. He's worked for two incredible coaches and top 20 Division III programs at Springfield College and Amherst College. He has experience recruiting and working with top tier academic student-athletes and has been involved with every aspect of both those programs. He's already hit the ground running and his work ethic and drive will be a huge asset to our program and student-athletes."
"Bill did a great job for us this past year and I know he's going to be a great addition to the Yale staff. I look forward to following his career in the coming years," said Serpone.
Schmid will be on the bench for Yale when they open the season at Syracuse on Friday, September 6th.
Travis and the Mammoths kick off the 2019 season with the first home game of the year, a 4:30 PM game against Nichols on Wednesday, September 4th.