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UMass notebook: Minutewomen roll past Flagler in final hoop exhibition

UMass dismisses women’s soccer coach Ed Matz

  • UMass guard Genesis Rivera drives to the basket against Flager during an exhibition, Monday at the Mullins Center. J. Anthony Roberts



@MattVautourDHG
Monday, November 06, 2017

AMHERST — Genesis Rivera had her second straight double-double of the preseason. The junior college transfer had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Minutewomen rolled past Flagler, 75-51, Monday.

Hailey Leidel added 18 on five 3-pointers. UMass led 44-27 at halftime and was never challenged.

The Minutewomen open their season against Maine-Fort Kent, Friday at 4:30 p.m. as part of doubleheader with the men’s team’s 7 p.m. game against UMass-Lowell.

MATZ FIRED — When Ed Matz was hired in 2010, it looked like UMass had hired a women’s soccer coach on the rise. He was the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and had taken Northeastern to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

But Matz never got things going in Amherst. In eight seasons he had just one winning campaign (2011) and no NCAA Tournament appearances. On Monday, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced that Matz’s contract would not be renewed.

“We thank Ed for his eight years of service to the University of Massachusetts and our women’s soccer program,” Bamford said in a statement released by the UMass athletic department. “We wish Ed all the best in his future endeavors.”

Matz was 59-72-21 overall and 30-38-12 in the Atlantic 10.

A search for his replacement is underway. The new women’s soccer coach will be the eighth head coach (out of 17) that Bamford has hired.