Matt Procopio, recently finishing his seventh season as the Millersville head coach, has taken the Marauders to new heights.
Procopio led the 2021 Marauders to a 9-7-4 overall record, including the program's first trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Final since the 2002 season (second appearance all-time).
Under his leadership in the fall of 2019 the program set a new record for wins in a season (15) and claimed its first-ever victory in the NCAA Tournament. The program also climbed to a No. 6 ranking nationally, its highest ever achieved after a 10-0 beginning to the season. The winning streak was the longest in program history and also included six straight shutouts (also a record) to open the season.
As the PSAC Coach of the Year in 2018, Procopio's Marauders tied a then-school record with 14 victories, reached the PSAC Semifinals for the first time since 2003 and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prior to Procopio's arrival, Millersville had produced just two all-region players. In 2021 two Marauders earned all-region honors, and five earned All-PSAC East selections. In 2019 four Marauders earned all-region honors in addition to five All-PSAC East honorees, repeating the postseason awards from the 2018 club where four players were voted all-region and five earned All-PSAC honors.
Procopio was named head coach on August 3, 2015. Before becoming Millersville's head coach, Procopio served as assistant coach in 2012 and 2013 and also spent a season as an assistant with the men's program at Tiffin University prior to returning to his alma mater.
As an assistant at Millersville, the team posted its best season in six years and made another leap forward by garnering a national ranking in 2013. Many of the players that he recruited were the catalyst to a 9-6-2 record in 2014, which was the program’s best record in more than a decade. At Tiffin, Procopio helped guide the Dragons to a 12-5-1 record, GLIAC Championship and NCAA regional appearance.
Procopio has roots and recruiting connections in the area as a native of West Lawn, Pa., and graduate of Wilson High School. He was a Marauder under Coach Steve Widdowson from 2005-08 and played a prominent role in the Marauders’ rise to PSAC power. He started 53 of 63 games as a defender and served as the co-captain of the 2008 club that set a school record with 18 wins, won a PSAC East Championship and NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. His team climbed to No. 6 in the national rankings. Procopio was a two-time All-PSAC East and an All-Atlantic Region selection by NSCAA/Adidas and Daktronics. He garnered All-America honorable mention status as a senior.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in technology education, Procopio coached worked with Braddock Road Youth Club, Coerver Coaching and D.C. United in the Washington, D.C. area. He moved across the country a worked with clubs and leagues in California. He also worked with the Harrisburg City Islanders Youth Academy.
Procopio holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF “C” Lisence, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Diploma and is a certified USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach.