Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry will have a familiar face on the sideline in the Circle City with the addition of Assistant Coach Matt Williams, who was named to the Eleven’s coaching staff on Dec. 17, 2021.
Lowry is no stranger to Williams, who worked on the staff of the new Indy sideline boss at both of his previous stops at El Paso Locomotive FC from 2019-21 and Jacksonville Armada FC between 2017-19. At both previous locales, Williams assisted Lowry with First Team coaching and video analyst duties and also gained head coaching experience in the organizations’ respective youth ranks. Williams has earned his USSF “A-Senior” License from the United States Soccer Federation and “UEFA B” license from the Scottish Football Association, and is in the process of finalizing his “UEFA A” License from the SFA.
Williams received his Master of Science with a concentration in soccer coaching from Ohio University in 2015, which overlapped with a first collegiate head coaching stint at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. (2013-15), and was followed by two years as an assistant with the University of Memphis (2015-17). Williams also gained sideline experience as head coach of the National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) Memphis City FC (2016) and as an assistant with his undergraduate alma mater of the University of West Florida (2009) and the Gulf Coast Texans in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
Williams playing days included representing both the University of North Florida and the University of West Florida in the late 2000’s, the latter of which included an all-conference selection following the 2008 season. The San Diego-born and Pensacola, Fla.-raised Williams went on to play in the United Soccer Leagues with Panama City in the Premier Development League and later with Real Maryland in the USL 2nd Division before wrapping with an overseas journey to suit up for Team Wellington in New Zealand’s ASB Premiership.
Williams upon his hiring with the Eleven:
“I cannot wait to hit the ground running with Mark and the rest of the staff and players to get prepared for the upcoming season. I’m looking forward to some unforgettable nights and memories in front of a packed Carroll Stadium with the best fans in the country. I know the club is hungry to win championships and trophies and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”
Head Coach Mark Lowry on Williams:
“I am incredibly happy to be bringing Matt to Indy Eleven. He understands with complete clarity the way we want to work and what we expect from individuals in our high-performance environment. The relationship we have on and off the field, coupled with his work ethic and the trust I have in him makes my job, and the jobs of those around him, a lot more enjoyable. Having Matt onboard makes this club stronger and will no doubt get us closer to our objectives of winning and building a culture of high standards.”