Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania men's soccer head coach Matt Vogel announced the addition of former Transylvania men's soccer standout Matt Melzer to his staff as assistant coach on Thursday.
A 2017 graduate of Transylvania, Melzer makes his return to Fourth Street as Vogel's lead assistant.
"Having Matt back with us is a huge addition for the program," commented Vogel. "He was a vital part of our team during his four years here and was an incredible leader, one of the best I've ever seen. Matt is someone who knows the program inside and out and knows what it's like to be in our players' shoes. He is a great coach and communicator and will be a tremendous asset to me, the players, the program, and the University as a whole."
"I am honored to come back to Transylvania and be a part of the men's soccer program here again," added Melzer. "There is nothing like being part of an athletics team, having common goals with a group of guys, and working diligently together to reach these goals; it's a one-of-a-kind experience. I see this team continuing to be successful in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and I believe we have the ability to make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament."
Melzer replaces John Greer, who was recently appointed head coach of the Alma (Mich.) College men's soccer team after a five-year stint with the Pioneers' coaching staff.
From his time as a student-athlete at Transylvania until his return to Transylvania, Melzer has expanded his coaching rapport while staying active in the Lexington community to bring a multifaceted perspective in his new coaching role with Transylvania men's soccer.
Melzer has served as a head coach for multiple age groups and teams for the Lexington FC club soccer program, leading a U-17 squad to a state championship appearance in 2018. Melzer is currently the head coach of a Lexington FC U-15 team.
Along with his work as a soccer coach in Lexington, Melzer is also a personal trainer at Body Structure Medical Fitness Facility where he guides clients in exercise programs as well as implementing lifestyle modifications for long-term health. Melzer has supplemented his work and coaching experience with a credential as a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Melzer's professional experiences follow a standout playing career at Transylvania from 2013 to 2016, a timespan which embodied leadership, winning, and coincided with the beginning of Vogel's head coaching tenure at Transylvania.
Melzer began his playing career at Transylvania by receiving the Most Impactful Freshman team award and concluded with a Most Valuable Teammate team award. Melzer was also selected to the All-HCAC Second Team in 2016 in recognition of his high-level play.
During his four years with Transylvania, the Pioneers produced a record of 44 wins against 18 losses and 14 draws. Off the pitch, Melzer was a natural leader on campus as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the SAAC President in his senior year.
The former centre back at Transylvania now aims to inject his insight upon a team which is coming off its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. "I want to take my soccer knowledge and experiences to give my perspective for training sessions and matches," added Melzer. "Having the opportunity to play at Transylvania has been a major highlight in my life and has positively shaped my character."
Melzer begins his coaching duties at Transylvania this month.
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