Bridgewater College announced the hiring of Matt Beaton as a graduate assistant coach for the women's soccer program in 2018.
The Eagles earned their first ever NCAA tournament berth after a 15-4-2 campaign in 2018. Bridgewater was the top ODAC seed in the regular season and hosted the conference postseason final four. Bridgewater reached as high as #18 in the national polls.
Beaton comes to Bridgewater College with a wealth of experience in the sport at several different levels.
Most recently, Beaton was an assistant women's soccer coach at The Citadel, a Division I program in the Southern Conference, where his main duties involved video analysis, opposition scouting and player performance and evaluation.
Prior to working at The Citadel, Beaton was an assistant men's soccer coach at Patrick Henry Community College. While at Patrick Henry, the 2015 squad was regional runner-up and the 2016 team was nationally ranked throughout the season. He coached three junior college All-Americans and four junior college scholar All-Americans, including the 2015 Junior College Scholar of the Year.
Beaton was the head girls' soccer coach at Bassett H.S. from 2012-17 where he was the winningest coach in school history with a 72-31-2 record. His team won two regular season district titles and two district tournament titles.
Beaton also coached the U-18 James Island YSC program in Charleston, S.C., served as a coach, board member and academy director of the Piedmont Youth Soccer League in Martinsville, Va., and worked with the Virginia Olympic Development Program, West District in Roanoke, Va.
Beaton was a student at Virginia Tech and while there served as a student manager for the men's soccer team. He assisted coaches with set-up of practices and games, managed equipment and worked with community outreach.
Beaton graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences. In 2011, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Arts in education.
Beaton holds an Advanced National Diploma, Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma and Special Topics Diploma from United Soccer Coaches. He also holds a National D License from the US Soccer Federation.