Matt Deming has led the Lehigh University men’s team to success in his four years as an assistant coach. During his tenure, Lehigh won the Patriot League for the 2nd time in history and compiled three 10-win seasons.
A former Lock Haven University standout, Matt shared his insights on the start of his successful career and what he looks for in Lehigh Men’s Soccer Players.
Why did you decide to become a college soccer coach?
MD: I always wanted to be a part of the game at the highest level I could. Was never going to be good
enough to be a pro. So I got into coaching.
Who has been the biggest influence on your coaching career? What did you learn from them?
MD: My college coach [Doug Moore] because of the amount of his tactical knowledge and he taught me how to understand the game at a high level. My high school coach and current boss [Dean Koski] who have taught me a lot about the importance of man/player management.
What are the three most important skills you try to instill in your players?
MD: Technical Proficiency, Competitiveness, Decision-Making
Who is the best player you’ve ever coached? What made him special?
MD: Mark Forrest [Current Forward for Lehigh Men’s Soccer]. His soccer IQ, technical ability, and
Describe yourself as a coach in three words:
Passionate, Hard Working, Motivator
What is your ideal system of play? Why?
I believe you adapt your system of play to the best players you have. What I focus more on is the style of
play. High pressing, tough to break down, and very technical going forward.