Matteo led Express to PDL Mid-Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles in 2014
Jeff Matteo has stepped down as the Jersey Express' head coach. In two seasons with the Express, Matteo compiled an 18-2-8 record.
Matteo, who made the decision to step down earlier this month, cited family reasons for his departure. He and his wife Ashley are expecting their first child in the coming weeks.
"We're having a baby in five weeks and it's just a lot with having a full-time job with recruiting and putting a lot of energy h
ere at St. John's," Matteo said. "I need any spare time I can get in the summer."
"He continued with our mission to develop players and maintain a professional atmosphere in our organization," Jersey Express General Manager Gali Maimon. "He did a very good job on the field and off the field. We're sad to see him going and hopefully he'll be able to work with us again in the future."
In 2014, the Express achieved unprecedented success as it went 10-1-3, captured the PDL Mid-Atlantic Division crown in the regular season and won its first ever Eastern Conference championship. For his work, Matteo was one of four finalists for the PDL's Coach of the Year Award.
"I greatly enjoyed my time here with the guys, with Gali and with the owner Joe Branco. I was very, very lucky. The team winning the past couple of years was a blast," Matteo said. "But we have a baby (on the way) and I had to make this decision for my family."
Matteo, who just completed his seventh season as the Associate Head Coach with the St. John's University men's soccer team, played for the Jersey Express in 2010. A St. John's alum, Matteo's five-year professional playing career included a stints in Italy, the MLS and USL.
According to Maimon, interviews for the vacancy have already begun and the club expects to hire a new coach before it holds 2015 tryouts on Dec. 20 and 21.