Cosgriff Brings 12 Years of Experience to the Hilltop
"Mat brings a great deal of experience and a wealth of knowledge with him to SMU," SMU head coach Chris Petrucelli said. "He is one of the top goalkeeper trainers in the country and a proven recruiter. His impact on our program will be felt immediately."
In his second year with the team, the Mustangs went 5-10-3. Cosgriff coached three goalkeepers throughout the season in Shannon Moroney, Catie Brown and Lissi Lonsberry. The Mustangs had two shutouts, and Lonsberry, a converted forward, had a season-high 11 saves in the final game of the season at Connecticut.
In 2014, his first season on the Hilltop, Cosgriff helped guide a young Mustang team to seven wins. Due to injuries to both starting goalkeepers, he was tasked with the challenge of transitioning a field player, Lonsberry, to goalkeeper. Cosgriff overcame this challenge, as Lonsberry posted a 5-3 record, including two shutouts, in the eight games she started in net. Cosgriff also saw senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden post a career-high 11 saves in a game versus USF.
Cosgriff was an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach at Washington State from 2012-14. During his tenure, he helped the development of one Pac-12 Player of the Year and six Pac-12 all-conference selections. In 2013, Washington State was seventh nationally in both goals allowed and goals against average and sixth in the nation in shutouts. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both 2012 and 2013. His athletes excelled both on and off the pitch, as 21 Cougars earned Pac-12 all-academic honors and the teams averaged a 3.23 GPA.
Cosgriff was an assistant at South Carolina from 2003-11, where he worked with goalkeepers and assisted in all aspects of the program. He mentored the careers of three of the top seven goalkeepers for goals against average in Southeastern Conference history. For three-straight seasons (2009-11), South Carolina had the SEC's top defensive unit and Cosgriff's goalkeepers own the top-five goals against averages in Gamecocks' history. South Carolina participated in the NCAA Championship each of the last-five seasons Cosgriff was on staff. The Gamecocks won the 2009 SEC Tournament title and advanced to the sweet 16, and the 2011 squad won the SEC regular season crown.
Prior to South Carolina, Cosgriff was an assistant coach for the men's soccer team at Maine, his alma mater, from 2002-03. He graduated (2002) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology
A native of Lebanon, N.H., Cosgriff played for the Vermont Voltage of the Premier Development League from 2000-01 He also played at Maine for four years, starting at goalkeeper and serving as team captain.