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 Matt Wilkerson
Matt Wilkerson

Position:
Assistant Coach

Years at UK:
8


Matt Wilkerson is in his seventh year as a full-time assistant for the Kentucky men's soccer team, after spending one year as a student assistant. For the third season, Wilkerson will function as the program's recruiting coordinator.

In his time at Kentucky, he has helped the Wildcats to two conference championships while helping UK produce scoring offenses and defenses ranked in the top-25 nationally in 2006. In just the past three seasons, he has helped develop 18 players into all-conference performers, including seven first teamers and the 2007-08 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, Barry Rice.

"Matt is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the country. He understands the game extremely well and is very driven. He was a terrific player here at UK, so he understands our style of play. We are very fortunate to have a bright young coach like him on our staff."

--Collins on Wilkerson

Wilkerson was a two-year letterman for the Wildcats in 1996 and 1997 after transferring from Wisconsin-Green Bay following his sophomore season.

A young coach with a tremendous passion for the game, Wilkerson helped lead the team to the Mid-American Conference championship in his first season.

In three seasons playing for the Wildcats, Wilkerson started in 24 of 37 games and helped the team advance to the MAC Tournament finals and semifinals. As one of the team's most versatile players, he contributed two goals as a junior and three goals as a senior in addition to two assists.

After leaving UK, Wilkerson played one season in the EISL Indoor Soccer League until his career was shortened after breaking the tibia and fibula bones in his leg.

In 2000, Wilkerson returned to his hometown of Iowa City, Iowa, to become head coach at Iowa City West High School. It did not take Wilkerson long to make his mark as a coach. In his first season, he led his alma mater to the Iowa Class 2A State Championship. With a state title under his belt, Wilkerson became the Assistant Director of Coaching at the Iowa Soccer Club from 2000-02.

Wilkerson has earned a USSF "B" national coaching license.

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