Matt Jones begins his second season as an assistant on Charlie Curto's staff. Prior to Siena, Jones spent the 2005 season as head soccer coach at Hudson Valley Community College. During the 2005 campaign, Jones guided Hudson Valley to a postseason berth and the program's best regional ranking in the last five years.
Before his coaching tenure at HVCC, Jones spent two seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach and one season as an assistant men's soccer coach at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. He helped the women make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a school best advancement to the Round of 16.
In addition to his scholastic coaching experience, Jones was employed as an assistant coach for the Albany Admirals Professional Development League in 2006. He assisted in player evaluation, practice planning and tactical game decisions. He also organized an active community outreach program.
Jones has also worked as the general manager for the Capital District Soccer Center in Schenectady from December of 2005 through June 2006. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing all day-to-day operations including: financial collections, scheduling, registration, staffing, and customer relations. Additionally, he served as the center's Youth Academy Director.
Currently, Jones enters his sixth season coaching at the premier level where he serves as the head coach for both the under 14 and 16 boys teams within the Alleycats Premier Soccer Club in Albany. During his tenure coaching at the premier level, Jones Black Watch Premier girls team qualified for the Super Y National Championships in Tampa, Fla.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Jones was a standout player in the Capital Region. He was an All-American nominee, All-East Region selection and All-State pick at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, where he played from 1996-99. Jones then served as a three-year captain at Saint Rose where he studied business administration with a concentration in sports management.
Following graduation, Jones joined the semi-professional ranks playing for the Electric City Shockers in Schenectady from 2000-03. Additionally, Jones played three seasons (2003-05) for the Albany Admirals of the Premier Development League where he helped guide his squad to back-to-back under 23 New York State Cup Championships advancing to the Regional Finals.
Jones is currently working towards an Advanced Regional Diploma, as well as several special topic diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
"I am very pleased to welcome Matt back for another season with the Siena men's soccer program," Curto confirmed. "His vast knowledge of the game and great enthusiasm will aid in achieving the high level of success expected of this team."
Jones assists in all phases of the program from recruiting to on field preparation and evaluation of student-athletes.