PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse coach Brian Voelker has announced the addition of Matt Heiderman to his staff. Heiderman, a recent graduate of Georgetown University who played for the Hoyas, will be an assistant coach with the Quakers.
Heiderman joins Voelker and assistant coach Conor Ford on staff; Ford was promoted to the top assistant position following the departure of Todd Cavallaro, who became head coach at Franklin & Marshall.
“We are excited to have Matt join the program,” said Voelker, who enters his sixth year as head coach. “He is a bright, young, energetic guy. He played on some good teams at Georgetown, and understands the commitment it takes to win at this level. He will be fully immersed in our recruiting efforts, and on the field he will work with the defense. I know Matt will work hard, and help our team continue to be successful.”
"I'm really excited to be here,” said Heiderman. “This is a great opportunity to coach at the highest level in the country, and I look forward to helping out the program.”
In joining the Penn staff, Heiderman will have the opportunity to coach his younger brother, Garvey, who is a junior on the team and finished last season fifth among Quaker scorers with 12 goals and four assists for 16 points.
“It will be a fun and unique experience to coach my younger brother, and I look forward to it,” said Matt Heiderman. “I am looking forward to working with the rest of the coaching staff, and helping the program reach the next level."
This is Heiderman’s first collegiate coaching experience, but he is a veteran of the summer camp scene having served on staff at such camps as the All-Star Lacrosse Camps run by Cavallaro. He was also a counselor for camps at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, UMBC, and Ocean City, Md.
While at Georgetown, Heiderman was part of a senior class was among the best in school history, winning the ECAC Championship three times (2004, 2006, 2007), playing in four-straight NCAA Championships -- extending the school’s active NCAA streak to the second-longest in Division I history (11 years) -- and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals all four years (extending the school's streak of consecutive quarterfinal appearances to six). During his four years on the team, Georgetown had a combined record of 45-15.