SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State Men's Soccer head coach Michael Linenberger announced Monday that Matt McDougall has been elevated to Associate Head Coach.
McDougall had served as Assistant Head Coach for the last two seasons and is entering his 11th season overall on the coaching staff after a stellar playing career as a Hornet goalkeeper.
"We're happy to announce Matt McDougall as an Associate Head Coach," Linenberger said. "I think it's a deserving title as he's taken on more and more responsibility within the program. He's been very loyal to the men's soccer program and the entire athletics department. He will become a very good head coach some day and we are lucky to have him."
McDougall is involved with all facets of the program, including on-field instruction, and is the team's recruiting coordinator. Additionally he is the director of the program's summer soccer camps and 6v6 tournament.
"I'm very thankful to get the opportunity from Mike and Bill Macriss to continue to grow as a coach and help lead this program," McDougall said. "Mike's mentorship has enabled me to get where I am today. To be with our guys and help them be successful on and off the field is a big deal and I'm very happy and blessed to have this opportunity."
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 in 2014 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.
In May 2015 McDougall served as the fill in goalkeepers coach for the Republic of Ireland women's national team in its friendly against the United States in San Jose, training with the team for two days before the game.