Matt Munhall begins his first season at Oregon Tech when the Hustlin' Owl men's soccer team takes to the pitch in 2012.
Munhall spent four seasons assisting both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at NCAA III Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. In his four seasons as an assistant, the men’s soccer team tallied a 36-26-10 overall mark, while the women’s soccer team accumulated an overall 63-15-3 record. Also during that time, the men's program received a top-10 national ranking and produced an NSCAA All-American Midfielder, while the women made three NCAA National Tournament appearances.
During this past year, Munhall, 29, spent time assisting at NCAA DII St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH, while also heading the New Hampshire State Champion U18 Girls Seacoast United Club team and working with U14 boys for the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program.
Munhall, a goalie and four-year soccer letterwinner at Principia College from 2004-07, was named Team Captain during the 2005-07 seasons. In his senior year, he led his team to the NCAA National Tournament and earned NSCAA All-Region and SLIAC All-Conference accolades.
In addition to his coaching, Munhall recently earned his masters degree in Recreation and Sports Sciences from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He also holds his NSCAA National Coaching Diploma (2010).
Assistant coach Samuel Thomas enters his first year of coaching at Oregon Tech after an illustrious playing career at his Alma mater Principia College in Elsah, Ill. Thomas was a four year starting goalkeeper and as a sophomore helped his team earn an NSCAA National ranking of 8th in the country for five weeks in a row. Thomas also earned All-Region, All-Conference, and All-Tournament accolades in that season. As a junior he continued to improve his play and was voted SLIAC Conference Player of the Year and was named Captain of the squad his senior season.
Outside of his college career, Thomas earned a starting role in the USL-PDL league for the St. Louis Lions over the last two summers. He has also had the opportunity to compete at a professional combine in the winter of 2012 in Bradenton, Fla. before attending several tryouts with professional clubs in California and Mexico.
Thomas will be working closely with the Oregon Tech men’s and women’s goalkeepers and both teams’ defenses this 2012 season.