Johnson & Wales Univ - Charlotte

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Matt Hisler

Matt Hisler begins his fourth season at the helm of the JWU Charlotte women’s soccer program. Hired to start the team, he has compiled a 22-26 record in his first 3 seasons with the Wildcats. JWU has earned consecutive post-season USCAA national tournament berths in 2016 and 2017. Under Hisler’s leadership, the Wildcats have garnered 4 All-American selections, 18 Academic All-American honorees, and a National Student-Athlete of the Year.


Hisler came to Johnson & Wales from the University of Mount Olive where he served as the Head Women’s Soccer coach from 2007-2014. While at Mount Olive, Hisler led the team to a Conference Carolinas Division Title during the 2011 season and earned berths in the Conference Tournament seven out of eigh tseasons. Hisler’s teams earned six consecutive NSCAA All-Academic Awards and achieved several firsts during his tenure:


First win over a regionally-ranked opponent

First win over a nationally-ranked opponent

First Conference Carolinas regular season title

First regional top-10 ranking (#6 in the southeastregion)

First Academic All-American

School’s first Freshman All-American

Prior to arriving at Mount Olive, Hisler was the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. While at CMSV, he led the team to the 2006 Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and the Conference Tournament Final.


Hisler began his college coaching career as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Methodist University. He spent four years under the tutelage of Justin Terranova, working for one of the most successful athletic departments in the NCAA. Over the last seventeen years, Hisler has had the opportunity to work with teams at the high school, club, ODP and international levels.


Hisler currently serves on the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association ODP Staff as the Head Coach for the 2002 Girls East Team.


A graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, Hisler helped lead Virginia Wesleyan College to a national ranking in each of his four years, including a #2 ranking in 1994. The team advanced to the NCAA Division III Round of 16 three times.


Hisler has earned his USSF B License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.


Hisler’s wife Amy, a former soccer player herself, still holds the New Bern High School (N.C.) and Guilford College all-time goal scoring records and was inducted into the Guilford College Hall of Fame in 2014. The couple lives in Charlotte, and has one child, daughter Katherine, who was born in 2010.

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Malika Connor

Malika Connor was hired by Johnson & Wales women’s soccer in 2018 as the team's Assistant Coach.


Connor is a recent graduate of Mount Olive University in Mount Olive, NC, where she was a two year member of the Trojan women’s soccer program. She made 24 career appearances for the Trojans, scoring two goals, including the game-winner against Goldey-Beacom in 2015.

Connor is a native of Saratoga, NC

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