Lourdes University

Lourdes University Athletics
6832 Convent Blvd Sylvania, OH 43560
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Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson was named the second head coach in the Lourdes University men's soccer program's history in February of 2019.

No stranger to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Johnson previously spent nine seasons at Marygrove College, where he compiled a 75-84-8 record overall and a 35-22-6 mark in conference play.

In Marygrove’s six seasons in the WHAC during his tenure, his teams included six players that were named First Team All-WHAC, two Second Team All-WHAC selections, and four Honorable Mention All-WHAC honorees. In addition, Johnson had produced the WHAC Newcomer of the Year in 2012. He also had eight different athletes earn WHAC Player of the Week accolades.

Johnson’s teams had success in the classroom as well, as 13 players were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team during the six seasons in the conference.

Johnson has also spent time as a youth coach with the Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club, including the US Development Academy teams at the U12, U17, and U19 age levels.

A standout player in his own right, Johnson played with the Detroit Ignition, a professional team in the Major Indoor Soccer League and Xtreme Soccer League. He was an assistant coach and player from 2006-2008 before becoming the head coach in 2008-2009.

Johnson becomes just the second head coach in the history of the Lourdes men’s soccer program, which began with the 2015 season.

Johnson is a 1999 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with a B.A. degree in political science.

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Fatai Alabi

Fatai Alabi joined the Lourdes University men's soccer staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2017 season.

During his first season at Lourdes, he helped coach the first Second Team All Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference selection in program history.

Alabi arrived at Lourdes after playing professionally for AD Oliverense and Mosta FC in Portugal and Malta during 2015 and 2016.

During his collegiate career, Alabi played at Wallace State Community College before transferring to the University of Alabama-Birmingham. With the Blazers, he earned All-Conference USA Third Team honors as a junior.

Alabi is a 2015 graduate of UAB, receiving his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology.

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