University of Scranton men's soccer head coach Matt Pivirotto has announced that Max Watson has been named the assistant coach for the Royals' program. Watson begins his duties at Scranton on August 6.
Watson replaces Keith Danley, who was recently accepted the head men's soccer coach position at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Danley spent the last two seasons on the Royals' sidelines before being tabbed to launch Chatham's program as the Cougars will take the field for the first time next fall.
"I'm extremely excited to arrive at The University of Scranton to be a part of the men's soccer program and Royals' athletic department," said Watson. "I look forward to helping the program achieve its high aspirations and continue its strong reputation across Division III soccer and the wider academic community. I'd like to thank Coach Pivirotto for allowing me the opportunity and I'm excited to assist him in the continued progress and growth of the program."
"Max has played and coached at highly successful Division III programs and he will bring that experience to the University of Scranton," said Pivirotto. "He is highly motivated to be successful, has an enthusiastic personality and is passionate about the game. Max is also known as a relentless recruiter and a strong coach. We are excited to add Max Watson to the coaching staff and The University of Scranton athletic department."
Watson comes to Scranton following a three-year stint as the assistant men's soccer coach at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Active in all aspects of the program including recruitment, coordinating training sessions, and game day instruction, he helped guide the Eagles to a 41-15-3 overall record highlighted by a Capital Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
Watson was a member of head coach Jason Kilby's staff that earned Coach of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017 for Mary Washington. He also created the UMW Men's Soccer Career Development Program designed in partnership with Mary Washington's Career Center to help student-athletes prepare for their professional journey after college. Additionally, Watson cultivated a relationship with Micah Ministries as a year-long avenue for community service opportunities.
While in Virginia, Watson also was the head coach of the top U-19 boys' team in the Stafford Soccer Club, guiding the team to the 2017 EDP Cup championship. He also was the co-head coach at Riverbend High School, guiding the Bears to a 23-9-2 record over two seasons.
Watson spent one season as the head coach of the Fredericksburg Football Club U-15 boys' team, leading the team to multiple tournament titles including the 2016 US Club Soccer National championship.
As a player, Watson was a four-year standout midfielder at Franklin & Marshall College from 2011-2014, leading the Diplomats to three Centennial Conference playoff appearances, two NCAA Tournament bids, and a 55-17-8 record during his career. He appeared in 71 contests and recorded nine points on two goals and five assists while playing a vital role as a holding midfielder.
During his junior year in 2013, Watson led Franklin & Marshall to the Centennial Conference championship and the Diplomats advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Messiah. In his senior campaign, Watson again steered Franklin & Marshall to the NCAA Tournament before the Diplomats bowed out in the Sweet 16 round.
A native of New York City, Watson holds both a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma and a United State Soccer Federation National "C" Coaching License.
Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Franklin & Marshall in 2015 before obtaining a Masters of Business Administration degree from Mary Washington this past May.