ABU names new soccer coach

PHILIPPI – Cristian Materazzi, who served four seasons as assistant women’s soccer coach at Alderson Broaddus, was named the second head coach in program history Monday.

“I am proud to announce Cristian Materazzi as the new women’s soccer head coach at Alderson Broaddus,” said Athletic Director Dennis Creehan. “He is an energetic and talented coach that will continue to grow our program and develop outstanding student-athletes on and off the field. We are excited to see him take on this role and continue this program’s tradition of success.”

The California native was an assistant coach with the Battlers during the four of their last five seasons (2012-13 and 2009-10). ABU compiled a 44-25-8 record with Materazzi on the staff and he guided the team to its 2012 WVIAC Regular Season Championship.

“I would like to thank Dennis Creehan for giving me this opportunity,” said Materazzi. “I’m stepping into some big shoes – we have won two championships and have played in a conference tournament five out of the last six years. We return a good group of talented student-athletes and I look forward to fielding a championship-caliber team.”

Materazzi’s work with goalkeeper Kate Laird led her to national recognition and career records that are likely to never be matched. Laird earned three All-Region awards and the 2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Player of the Year. Laird finished her career with the blue and gold with 38 career shutouts and ranks seventh all-time in the NCAA DII record books.

Materazzi spent the 2011 season as the first assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at Stetson University and the Hatters finished the season with a 10-5-4 record a berth in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

He joined the program in 2009 and helped ABU make the largest improvement in win total in nation and the seventh highest improvement in NCAA Division II history.

Prior to joining the Battler program, Materazzi spent five years (2004-2008) with the Cal State University Monterey Bay. While at CSUMB, he served as an assistant coach and goal keeper coach.

Materazzi played professionally for one season with the California Gold, a United Soccer League PSL team and he also spent the 2004 season with Club America on a trial basis, a Mexican Primera Division team.

He played goalie for three seasons at his alma mater CSUMB (1998-2002). He led his 2002 team to the school’s first conference championship title. In 2002, Materazzi was named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region while recording a school record 10 shutouts.