UNCW News Release
Wilmington, North Carolina - University of Hartford goalkeeper Matt Glaeser has been named an assistant coach for the UNCW women’s soccer team.
Glaeser (pronounced GLAE-surr), who will work primarily with the Seahawks’ goalkeepers, will join head coach Paul Cairney, assistant coach Megan Novak and volunteer assistant coach Steve Elliott on the staff.
“I am excited to have Matt join our team,” Cairney said. “He has experience in the collegiate and professional ranks as a player and has been coaching and playing with the Wilmington Hammerheads. His knowledge of the game is strong, and he will help us prepare well for games.
“He is already making a difference with our group of goalkeepers and his personality is a good fit with our championship culture,” Cairney added.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Hartford, the Fredericksburg, Va., native led the Hawks to a berth in the America East Conference championship match as a senior. He was named as the America East Goalkeeper of the Year and was honored as the NSCAA Northeast Region Goalkeeper of the Year after posting a 0.96 goals against average.
A two-year starter for the Hawks, he finished his career ranked third in school history with a 1.17 goals against average while stopping 74.8 percent of the shots he faced.
Glaeser transferred to Hartford after playing two seasons at James Madison. He appeared in seven games and made four starts.
Following his college career, Glaeser signed with the Western Mass Pioneers of the USL Second Division and played in 20 contests. He also spent time with Pallo-Iirot, a professional team in the Kakkonen (Finnish third division).
After his stint overseas, Glaeser returned to the United States where he played for Miami FC of the USSF Division 2 Professional League and Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.
In 2014, Glaeser signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro League and served as the team’s goalkeeper coach in addition to being an active player on the roster.