RICHMOND, Va. – Age is a very deceptive thing.
The newest member of the VCU women's soccer coaching staff is a testament to that as his young age of 26 doesn't give a glimpse of just how much experience Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak have brought to the Rams with the addition of Matt Carr.
"We are very happy to have Matt a part of the program. Matt is a young and eager coach with experience beyond his years," Roberts Sahaydak said. "Matt's influence extends far beyond his soccer and recruiting backgrounds. His enthusiasm and appreciation are off the charts and his positivity and optimism brings great energy to the team and staff. There's no doubt our program is strengthened by his contributions."
After playing both collegiately and professionally in goal, Carr will mentor a young, but talented group of goalkeepers this fall for the Rams.
"I am honored that Tiffany and Tim have given me the opportunity to join their staff," Carr said. "I am really looking forward to coaching along side two former world class players as well as the challenges that lie ahead with the position and the program. As coaches we are constantly learning all the time. I hope to continue to develop and grow as a coach here at VCU."
Carr is coming off a busy 2010 season where he went time on the coaching staff of the Atlanta Beat in the WPS, as well as a volunteer goalkeeper coach at Kennesaw State.
The amazing thing is that 2009 was even crazier for the Georgia native. He headed over to Iceland to play professionally for Knattspyrna Alftanes. While over there, he worked as an assistant coach for the KR Reykjavik women's club and the Alftanes Pro men's club. During his time in Iceland, he coached several goalkeepers of the Icelandic Women's National team.
His 2009 wrapped up with an assistant coaching position in the fall at The University of Bridgeport (Conn.), where he guided the Purple Knights to a conference title and saw Emelie Karstrom receive East Coast Conference Tournament MVP honors for her outstanding goalkeeping.
"Matt has worked to worked to develop world-class players during his time on staff with the Atlanta Beat in the WPS, as well as having a solid reputation for his work ethic in recruiting at Kennesaw State and The University of Bridgeport," Sahaydak said.
Carr played at Reinhardt Unviersity in Waleska, Ga., before finishing his degree in biology from the University of West Georgia.
"I am extremely thrilled about joining the VCU family and returning to the Richmond area. After a phone conversation with Tiffany in January, I knew that VCU would be a great fit for me," Carr said. "The history of the program speaks for itself while the co head coaches and I share a common vision for the program and where the program can be in the future."