DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced today the addition of Matt Verni as an assistant coach. Verni takes over the role of top assistant held for the past three years by Kevin Korondi, who recently accepted a position on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech.

Verni comes to UNH from Hartwick College, where he served as an assistant last season. Verni's primary responsibilities included opponent scouting, individual training and recruiting. Last season the Hawks finished 12-8-0 and captured two in-season tournaments, including the UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic. Prior to his stint at Hartwick, Verni worked with the St. Bonaventure women's program, serving as assistant coach and interim head coach from January of 2000 to March of 2001.

A 1998 graduate of Hartwick with a degree in economics, Verni was a four-year member of the soccer team from 1994-1997. The 1995 squad reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Verni was a defender for the Hawks.

Verni also has experience working with several club teams, most recently serving as the head coach of the Calcio Legends U-19 girls squad. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a Level I Goalkeeping certification from that organization.

Last season, the UNH men's soccer team qualified for the America East tournament for the first time since 1994 by posting a 5-4-2 conference record. The 'Cats open up the 2002 season on Friday, August 30, when they take on Lafayette in the opening round of the 13th annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic.

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