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Head Coach Matt Fannon
Matt Fannon begins his second season as head coach of the Bowling Green State University women's soccer program in 2018.
BGSU Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger announced the hiring of Fannon on Dec. 26, 2016 and tasked Fannon with reviving a program that had combined to win 35 games in eight seasons from 2009-2016. In his first season, he did not just revive the program and change the culture of the team; he guided the Falcons to one of the greatest seasons in school history.
Fannon guided BGSU to a 13-7-1 record and a 6-4-1 mark in the MAC in 2017. The team's overall and MAC win totals were the most since 2008, and the 13 overall wins was the second-best in school history. In addition, the team qualified for the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2008 and won a pair of games, including a victory over the #1 seed and tournament host Kent State. BGSU advanced to its first MAC Championship game since 2007 before falling to Toledo in overtime.
Fannon employed an aggressive style of play on both ends of the pitch that created an overwhelming number of scoring opportunities while permitting relatively few chances for opponents. On offense, the Falcons led the MAC with a school-record 43 goals and 49 assists. The assists total was third in school history and ranked eighth nationally. On defense, the team allowed the fewest shots (217) and shots on goal (99) in school history and had the program's second-best scoring defense (26 goals allowed, 1.24/game).
The 2017 team led by Fannon included eight freshmen, two transfers, and just four seniors. Eight players scored their first career point and five their first career goal. Victoria Cope, in her first season as starting goalkeeper, played over 1,700 minutes and allowed a 1.26 goals against average, fifth best in program history. Erica Hubert (12) and Skylar Fleak (11) were one of just five pairs of teammates in the country with 11+ goals each, while Maureen Kennedy, Madison Schupbach, and Marissa Swindell were the MAC's top three in total assists. Kennedy's 10 assists were a school record.
Fannon's 2017 team also brought home a large number of awards and honors. He was named the 2017 MAC Coach of the Year, while Skylar Fleak received MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. The Falcons had three first-team All-MAC players, one second-team All-MAC member, as well as a player on the MAC All-Freshman team. Fleak earned third-team honors on the United Soccer Coaches' All-Midwest Region team, and four players were named OCSA All-Ohio. In the classroom, ten Falcons were honored as Academic All-MAC, and Elisa Baeron and Victoria Cope were named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes.
Prior to arriving at BGSU, Fannon served as a coach at Regis University, the University of Wyoming, and Wittenberg University.
Fannon served as head coach at Wittenberg for four seasons from 2013-16. He compiled a 40-26-10 record and went 21-8-3 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. In 2016, his team went 13-5-2 overall and 7-1 in the NCAC, advancing to the tournament championship and the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Tigers lost just one game by more than one goal, and Fannon earned NCAC Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. He was also named the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) Women's Division III Coach of the Year.
His teams at Wittenberg twice won the NCAC regular season championship, advancing at least to the NCAC Tournament semifinals in each of his four seasons. Twice, the Tigers played in the NCAC Championship game.
A native of York, England, Fannon spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming. Prior to Wyoming, he was an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at Regis University for two years, helping the Rangers to a combined 27-7-5 record.
Fannon has worked as the Challenger Sports Regional Director for Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Mexico, and he also coached the Broomfield Blast high school-aged girls' teams from 2009-12, earning a club Coach of the Year award. He has his NSCAA Premier diploma and earned his Football Association Coaching Certificate in England. He also has a United State Soccer Federation Goalkeeping License.
A graduate of Davis & Elkins College, Fannon was a first team all-region and first team all-conference player in both of his seasons with the Senators. Prior to Davis & Elkins, he played one season at Dutchess Community College. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2008 and his master's degree in coaching from Ohio University in 2015.
Fannon and his wife Julie, who is an Ohio native, have two daughters, Rowen and Mason.