Cristian Materazzi enters his first season as a volunteer assistant with the West Virginia University women’s soccer team. He serves as WVU’s goalkeeper coach, while assisting with the team’s daily training sessions and game preparations.
In addition to his duties with the Mountaineers, Materazzi also enters his fourth season as head coach at Alderson Broaddus. The second coach in program history, he led the Battlers to a 6-9-2 showing in 2016. Three athletes were named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) All-Conference team.
The squad went 7-12 in 2015 en route to its second straight appearance in the G-MAC Women’s Soccer Championship.
In his first season as head coach, Materazzi led the team to the semifinal of the G-MAC Championship following a 2-0, opening-round win over Davis & Elkins. The Battlers finished 6-12-1, and forward Lauren Small was named the G-MAC Freshman of the Year and ECAC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his elevation as head coach, Materazzi previously served two separate stints as an assistant coach with the Battlers, first from 2009-10 and then from 2012-13. During this time, he helped goalkeeper Katie Laird earn the 2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Player of the Year honor, as well as three all-region recognitions. She finished her career at AB with 38 career shutouts, a mark which ranks seventh all-time in NCAA Division II. Additionally, he helped the Battlers win the 2012 WVIAC regular-season championship.
In 2011, Materazzi served as the first assistant coach for men’s soccer at Stetson, where he helped the Hatters to a 10-5-4 record en route to an appearance at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
During his first stint at AB, Materazzi also served as a volunteer assistant at WVU in 2010. The Mountaineers went 18-5-1 that season and claimed the Big East Conference Championship title. Goalkeeper Kerri Butler finished the year with 14 shutouts, the best season total in program history, and posted a 0.82 goals-against average.
Prior to his time at AB, Materazzi spent five years as an assistant with the Cal State University Monterery Bay men’s and women’s soccer programs.
A three-year varsity letter winner at CSUMB as a goalkeeper, he played professionally in 2003 with California Gold, a United Soccer League PSL team. He also spent the 2004 season with Club America, a Mexican Primera Division team, on a trial basis.
Materazzi holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Materazzi resides in Morgantown with his wife, Courtney, and their son, Dominic James.