SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Entering his ninth season as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program at Sacramento State, Matt McDougall has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach.
"We're happy to promote Matt to Assistant Head Coach. I think it's a deserving title for him," men's soccer head coach Michael Linenberger said. "He went from player to volunteer goalkeeper coach to second assistant to top assistant. Over the last five years as he's been my top assistant he's taken on more and more responsibility and I feel that he's very deserving of this promotion."
McDougall is involved with all facets of the program, including on field instruction. Additionally he is the director of the program's summer soccer camps and 6v6 tournaments, and over the last year he has also taken on the additional responsibility of being the team's recruiting coordinator.
"I'm very appreciative of what Mike and Dr. Wanless have done for me; I'm very happy and blessed that I have this opportunity to work with these young men," McDougall said. "I love the direction this program is going. I love that we're in the Big West Conference now and I love seeing the guys day in and day out. They develop not only as athletes but young men, and students becoming graduates is the ultimate for a coach."
A former three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree as a goalkeeper during his playing days with the Hornets, McDougall was promoted to the team's top assistant in 2009 after serving as the goalkeeper's coach the previous three seasons. He continues to work with the keepers.
In 2010, McDougall's coaching helped rookie keeper Cesar Castillo earn Goal.com Freshman All-America honors after tallying the second most saves in single season school history with 94. Castillo was an all-Big West second team selection last season and ended his career second in program history with 15 career shutouts, 243 career saves, and 16 wins.
McDougall holds the Sacramento State program record with 306 career saves and is third all-time with 10 career shutouts. His 1.48 career goals against average ranks third in the school's Division I history (min. 1,000 minutes played), and in 2004, he spent every minute in goal for the Hornets. In 2005, he earned all-MPSF first team honors after posting a career-best 1.15 goals against average and leading the Hornets to a 9-7-2 record. In his final two seasons in net for the Hornets, McDougall led the MPSF in saves.