Coach Sweeney begins his third season as the Offensive Coordinator at Rollins.
Under Sweeny's guidence in 2017 Greg Taicher earned Second Team All-SSC Honors, while also being named CoSIDA Academic All-District. He also over saw the developement of two SSC All-Freshman Honorees (Blake Buell and Eric NeCamp).
During the 2016 campaign, the Tars offense set program records for single season points (241) and goals (162) as a team. The team improved its scoring output from 2015 to more than 10 goals per game, and 4.9 assists per game.
Sweeney mentored two All-Tournament Team players (Justin Diamond and Clay Phillips), as well as one 1st Team All-Conference honoree (Morgan Baker) and one 2nd Team All-Conference honoree (Jack Vonarb) in the 2016 season.
Head coach Chris Lewis announced the addition of Matt Sweeney as assistant coach in August of 2015. Sweeney will assist with all aspects of coaching as well as help organize recruiting efforts for the Tars.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Matt Sweeney again,” said Lewis. “As a three year starter for me at Merrimack College, he set the standard for defensive midfield play. Matt's experience as part of an elite D2 program will be invaluable to our young program. He distinguished himself as an offensive force as a grad student, making him an ideal candidate to work on both sides of the ball, as well as with our face-off unit. I have been after Matt to come to Winter Park for a couple years now, and I know his enthusiasm and versatility will make him an outstanding addition to the coaching staff."
Sweeney brings with him a vast array of experience in all aspects of the game, both as a former player as well as collegiate coach. In his most recent position, Sweeney was assistant coach at Curry College where he spent three years helping to guide the Colonels defensive unit, man-down defense, and face-off specialists. Along with his duties as assistant coach, Sweeney also served as the night and weekend supervisor of the Miller Field House weight room.
While at Curry, Sweeney helped coach an NEILA East/West All-Star, as well as two All-Conference Players while he focused on the defense, as well as the man-down defense and face-off specialists. Along with coaching and facility management duties, Sweeney built the team's strength and conditioning programs.
Prior to his time at Curry, Sweeney served as both an assistant coach, as well as interim head coach at Husson University. As interim head coach in the fall of 2012, Sweeney mentored the 2013 Preseason All-American face-off specialist.
Under his duties as assistant coach at Husson, Sweeney served as both the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator where he helped the team reach its second North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship appearance in program history, finishing runner-up. His guidance also helped Husson to its first ever post-season appearance in the ECAC tournament. Under his assistance, the Eagles saw two NEILA East/West All-Stars, and six All-Conference honorees.
Sweeney kicked off his collegiate playing career at Merrimack College where he was a three-year member of the men's lacrosse team as a defensive middie. Appearing in all 46 games, Sweeney tallied two assists, 46 ground balls, and caused 36 turnovers. With his help, the Warriors appeared in two Northeast-10 Conference Championship games, including earning the program's second Northeast-10 Championship title in 2010 where he led the team as a captain. During his junior campaign, Sweeney helped the Warriors advance to the NCAA DII national semifinals while helping the team rank as high as fourth nationally.
Sweeney went on to use his final year of eligibility donning the jersey for Husson University as a graduate student. While with the Eagles, he was a First-Team All-North Atlantic Conference Selection in 2011 at the midfield position. That year, he was also invited to compete in both the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Star Games.
In just one season, Sweeney led the Eagles with 26 assists and finished second on the team with 46 points as he added on 20 goals to his scoring total. Seeing time in all 18 games, he helped the team to its first ever NAC Conference Tournament Championship appearance, where the Eagles finished runner-up. He was named First Team All NAC, earned USILA Scholar All-American honors, was selected to the USILA DIII North/South All-Star Game, and was a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association East/West All-Star.
A 2010 graduate of Merrimack College where he earned his bachelor's degree in Criminology, the native of Norwood, Massachusetts went on to earn his Master's in Criminal Justice Administration from Husson University.