An accomplished recruiter and coach on the collegiate level, Matt Hawkey joined Todd Bramble's staff at Alabama in January of 2008 after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Miami (Fla.).
"Bringing Matt on board completed our coaching staff on several different levels," Bramble said. "He has a tremendous knowledge and passion for the game. He is a dynamic educator and an aggressive recruiter. Matt was instrumental in the recent success at Miami and I took notice of that. Having another coach on our staff that is experienced in competing at a high level will tremendously enhance our program."
Hawkey recently completed his second season as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes, a period during which UM went a combined 17-16-6 over two seasons, including a mark of 9-7-5 in 2007 marking Miami's first winning season in six years. Miami's 4-4-2 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play in 2007 was the team's best ever in league action.
Before his stint at Miami, Hawkey served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Western Kentucky where he was responsible for all aspects of the Lady Hilltopper women's program, including coaching, recruiting, conditioning and fundraising efforts. While at WKU, he also served as the Lady Topper Soccer Academy Camp Director.
A U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Licensed coach who earned his National Youth License in 2006-07, Hawkey also holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is certified as a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II coach. He has served as a Region II and Region III staff coach, as well as on coaching staffs for Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio South Youth Soccer Associations, working with the state Olympic Development Programs.
A 1999 graduate of Western Kentucky, Hawkey's collegiate coaching career began at his alma mater in 2000 as an assistant coach for the men's program for one season. As a player with the Hilltoppers from 1996-99, he was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection.