University of NC - Asheville

UNC Asheville Athletics Department
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Mathes Mennell

Mathes Mennell enters into his fifth season with UNC Asheville after being named UNC Asheville’s head coach in January 2015. He came to the Bulldog program from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mennell was with the Lions program for a total of 16 years (1998-2000 and 2002-2015). He helped LMU win two West Coast Conference championships and make five NCAA College Cup appearances.

Mennell was an assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s program at LMU from 2002-06. He helped the women’s team get to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and 2006 and the men’s program in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2013.

Prior to LMU, Mennell was an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy in 1996-1997 and 2000-2002.

Mennell is a 1996 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Humanities. He completed his Master of Arts degree in General Education from Loyola Marymount University in July of 2007. In addition to his work within the Athletics Department, Mennell was also an instructor in the LMU Leadership Institute, which is a three component program, open to all students, that includes a curricular, co-curricular and capstone experience based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.

A USSF “A” licensed coach, Mennell has also been very active in youth soccer for over 20 years. He has worked in variety of impact roles across the spectrum of the youth soccer landscape. He served as the USYS Region IV Head Coach for Boys ODP, has worked with the Los Angeles Galaxy U16 and U18 Academy. In addition he was the Director of Coaching-Older Boys for the LA Galaxy-South Bay Soccer Club and he is currently on staff at ABYSA/Highland Football Club here in Asheville.

A standout goalkeeper at Air Force from 1992-1995, he Led the Falcons to a top-20 ranking during all four seasons he played. In 1993, he backstopped USAFA to the best NCAA College Cup finish in school history in 1993 with a record of 15-5-1 with the Falcons reaching the quarterfinals.

Mennell served as team captain in 1995 and was named the Team’s Most Inspirational Player in 1994 and 1995. He was also named First Team All-MPSF in 1994 and earned honorable mention accolades in 1993 and 1995. He was also named All-America by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1995.

Upon graduation from USAFA in 1996, he continued to play, spending time in the USL’s A-League with the Colorado Foxes and the USL’s Premier League Pikes Peak Stampede. He was the starting goalkeeper for the All-Air Force team in 1996 and 1999, leading both teams to the Gold Medal in the U.S. Armed Services Championships. In 1996 he was the starting goalkeeper for U.S. All-Armed Services Team that qualified for C.I.S.M. World Championships in 1996.

A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Mennell attended Bristol Tennessee High School, graduating in 1991.

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Matt Tellez

UNC Asheville head men’s soccer coach Matt Mennell announced the addition of Matthew Tellez as an assistant coach with the Bulldog soccer program in May of 2016.

Tellez came to Asheville after serving the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, a Division I school in the Big West Conference. While at Sacramento State, he worked with the midfield and back line players and was also involved with recruiting and as an academic mentor for the team. In addition to his work with the program, Tellez also served as Sacramento State’s Youth Soccer Camp Director and overseeing numerous camps throughout the calendar year.

“When we began the process of our search for a new first assistant coach, I had a wish list of the characteristics that would define the ideal candidate,” Mennell stated. “They would have a high level of coaching acumen, possess impeccable personal values and character, come from a great playing background, demonstrate a total commitment to the development of the student-athlete, and ideally, they would have experience in a successful Division I Men's Soccer program as an assistant coach. Needless to say, these were and are lofty expectations. I am pleased to say that this description fits Matt Tellez in every facet. I could not be more excited that he has decided to join our program. Matt is going to add a tremendous amount of value to UNC Asheville, the UNC Asheville Men's Soccer program and to the City of Asheville.”

Prior to his time on the staff at Sacramento State, Tellez played four seasons as a holding midfielder for the program. He is second in program history with 80 career matches played and is tied for the single-season Sacramento State record with 23 matches started in 2010. He earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention following the 2009 season and was a starter on the 2009 and 2010 MPSF championship teams that also won NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the second round. For his career, Tellez totaled two goals and three assists for seven points, scoring one game-winning goal and attempting 59 shots.

"I want to thank everyone involved at UNC Asheville, especially Janet R. Cone, Terri Brne and Coach Mennell, for this opportunity. I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the new assistant coach and excited about working with the coaching staff, players, athletics department and community,” Tellez stated. “I’d like to thank Coach Mike Linenberger and Coach Matt McDougall for giving me an opportunity to begin my coaching career at Sacramento State and helping me to become a better coach and person.”

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Mick Giordano

Former Bulldog men’s soccer player Mick Giordano returns to the UNC Asheville program to serve as an assistant coach.

Giordano returns after spending last season as an assistant coach at Wofford. He is also currently in his second season as the head coach for Asheville City SC.

Prior to the joining the staff at Wofford, Giordano spent time on the men’s soccer staff at Wake Forest. In his year on staff, Wake Forest went 19-3-3 overall and advanced to the NCAA College Cup finals.

This is Giordano’s second stint on Mathes Mennell’s staff at UNC Asheville.

Giordano was a two-year starter for UNC Asheville in the midfield during the 2012 and 2013 seasons after transferring in from Charlotte.

In his senior year with UNC Asheville, Giordano started 17 games. Despite missing two games to injury, he was able to finish third on the team in minutes played, while adding two assists along the way. The 2012 season was hampered by injuries, but he was able to play in 11 games along the way.

Giordano graduated from UNC Asheville in December of 2013, and after graduation spent time playing professionally in Germany before returning to serve as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

Giordano also played with the South Carolina United Bantams of the PDL in the summer of 2013. He was also a key fixture and captain of the Triangle FC U20 teams in summers of 2010 and 2011, helping them reach nationals in each of their respective seasons. In 2011, he propelled TFC to a fourth place finish at nationals.

Giordano originally began his college career at Greensboro College in 2009 where he played both as a midfielder and defender, starting 14 of 17 games. Giordano spent 2010 at Charlotte before joining the Bulldogs.

Giordano played four years of soccer at D.H. Conley High School where he was an all-conference selection for three consecutive years and all-region choice his last two seasons. He was a member of the ‘91 North Carolina ODP Team. He finished his club career playing for tge 90 OCSA Coastal Crew and the U19 Winston-Salem Twins.

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