Matt Hahn, recently finishing his second year as Head Coach of Raritan Valley Community College’s Women’s Soccer, has proven he can take what he dishes out, preferring to join in—not just watch—the players train.
“If you don’t find us on the field, you will find us running around campus,” Hahn said.
Notice that Hahn does not say you can find “the team” running. Instead, he runs with them, telling jokes along the way. The team calls this “fun and torture.”
Hahn, a RVCC alumnus, started coaching in his early 20's at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, a Division 2 team, where he spent six years as Assistant Coach.
Hahn also coached females at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels and served as Assistant Coach for RVCC Men's Soccer under his former coach and mentor, Otto Ormos. This year Tyler Scoles accompanies Hahn as Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach.
Hahn has developed his coaching philosophy to revolve around preparation. He prepares the team for games. He prepares them to be strong, confident and fearless women in the real world. And he prepares them to be united: even a loss at a game cannot hurt the team because they see it as a lesson learned. “Preparation, I tell the girls, means practice hard on what we need to do.”
Although the Lady Lions—finishing the season with a 1-12 record—missed their goal of “making regions and making an impact in regions,” Hahn believes as long as the team walks away learning something, he has done his job.
The players have applied his lessons of motivation, discipline and support throughout the season, such as when one injured player chose to still attend games and practices so she could support her team. In return, her team kept her head held high when she felt down from her injury.
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Women's Soccer players huddled at their home match against Middlesex County College on Sept. 17. Photo by Monica Alvarado.