Marco Matteucci Named La Salle Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach
PHILADELPHIA - Marco Matteucci, a college coaching veteran with nearly 10 years of experience as an assistant, has been named the head men's and women's tennis coach at La Salle University, Director of Athletics and Recreation Brian Baptiste announced on Friday.
"Marco has a wealth of playing and coaching experience, having won two national titles as a player and advancing to the NCAA Tournament as a coach on multiple occasions," Baptiste said. "The dedication he has demonstrated to the game of tennis throughout his career impressed our search committee. We look forward to him joining our team at La Salle and providing our student-athletes with a tremendous experience."
Matteucci, who has served as an assistant at West Florida, Columbia, UT Arlington, Baylor and Arizona, most recently worked with coaches and players throughout the country at the United States Tennis Association.
"I would like to thank all members of the search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's and women's tennis programs at La Salle," Matteucci said. "La Salle has a bright future ahead under the leadership of Brian Baptiste and I look forward to developing our programs and being a part of this new era in La Salle Athletics."
As a student-athlete at the University of West Florida, Matteucci helped the Argonauts to a pair of NCAA Division II national titles (2004, 2005) and four straight years in which they finished the season ranked in the Top 5 nationally. Following his playing career, he stayed on as an assistant coach and helped the women's team to a No. 2 national ranking, the highest in school history.
Matteucci jumped to the Division I ranks by joining Columbia's women's program as an assistant in 2007. In his two seasons, he was an integral part in recruiting two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Nicole Bartnik, who would eventually led the Lions to their first-ever Ivy League title in 2013.
After his time in New York, Matteucci moved to the midwest and served as assistant men's and women's tennis coach at UT-Arlington. As lead recruiter for both programs, he secured the second-best women's recruiting class in the country among all mid-major schools in 2012. The men's and women's teams combined to win three Southland conference titles during his tenure.
Stints with both the Baylor and Arizona women's tennis programs followed, with his one season in Waco, Texas resulting in Big XII regular season and tournament titles and a Sweet 16 appearance.
Over the last two years, Matteucci has worked alongside United States Tennis Association National Campus staff and U.S. player development coaches, training them in the use of Playsight data analysis software. He has also worked with the manufacturer with on court research and development and managed on-site Playsight staff at the USTA's National Campus in Florida.
Matteucci, who is originally from Queens, N.Y., graduated with a degree in health, leisure and exercise science/biomechanics from West Florida in 2007. He is a certified teaching professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association, a certified high-performance coach with the USTA, and a member of the Global Professional Tennis Coaches Association and the International Coaches Institute.
What They're Saying About Marco Matteucci
"Marco is the coach I needed when I was a player. He's part of the reason I went into college coaching myself. Marco believed in me, and I know he will believe in, commit to and inspire his players at La Salle day in and day out."
- Alex Leatu, Head Women's Tennis Coach, Georgia State, Former Student-Athlete at Baylor
"Marco Matteucci has dedicated his life to the game of tennis. He's especially passionate about the development of student-athletes on and off the court. La Salle Athletics has hired a fantastic tennis coach and person."
- Joey Scrivano, Head Women's Tennis Coach, Baylor
"La Salle has made a great hire in naming Marco Matteucci its head men's and women's tennis coach. Marco has a unique passion for the sport of tennis coupled with a breadth of experience as a player, coach and most recently the technology side of tennis. It will be exciting to see Marco build both programs at La Salle and my sense is they will be competing for Atlantic 10 titles soon."
- Tim Cass, General Manager of United States Tennis Association
"Marco has all of the traits of a great head coach. He is an extremely passionate coach and will work tirelessly with his players. He will give his all to both teams and I look for him to lead a very strong team at La Salle."
- Jeremy Wurtzman, Head Men's Tennis Coach, Indiana
"Marco has an incredible passion for the game of tennis! And combining this passion with his knowledge of the game, and ability to transfer that knowledge to his players makes him an outstanding fit for La Salle. I have no doubt that Marco will elevate the tennis program to new heights and will create an amazing student-athlete experience for his players!"
- Jeff Maren, Head Women's Tennis Coach, Liberty