Matt Gerlach, head coach
Matt Gerlach takes the reigns of Hesston College Men’s Soccer heading into the 2016 season. Gerlach succeeds Michael Armstrong, who served as head coach for the past two seasons and led the program in the 2015 season to its most season wins in 11 years.
“Joining the coaching staff at Hesston College is an exciting opportunity for me,” said Gerlach. “The college’s mission speaks to why I have been coaching over the last nine years. At Hesston, I will be allowed to invest in the lives of young people who are willing and excited about making a positive change in the world for Christ – we will just happen to be playing soccer, too.”
Gerlach has extensive experience both as a player and coach from youth leagues through collegiate programs. As a player, he was a four-year starter at NAIA competitor Huntington (Ind.) University, as well as team captain during his senior year.
Gerlach has served as varsity girls’ soccer at Rutherford High School (Panama City, Fla.) since 2012. He also served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Huntington University for two years, helping the program to a NAIA national ranking.
“We’re excited to welcome Matt and his family to Hesston College,” said Hesston athletic director Rob Ramseyer. “His experience and commitment to Christian higher education is most evident, and his ability to mentor and lead our student-athletes will continue to strengthen and build on the work of Michael Armstrong.”
Gerlach earned a bachelor’s of science in recreation and sports ministry from Huntington University, and is working toward a master’s of education in coaching from Ohio University (Athens), with anticipated completion of June 2016. He also has a diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Kansas City, Kan.).
Since 2009, Gerlach has served as minister of recreation and director of digital media for First United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fla., where he establishes and directs recreational programming, including sports leagues, craft shows, art programs, community civic events and more. He previously served as program director for Huntington (Ind.) Parks and Recreation.