Tilton School Hires New Varsity Football Head Coach
Matt Dawson, a coaching veteran with more than 17 years of experience, will join Tilton School as Head Coach for the Varsity Football team starting in the Fall of 2019. Dawson is known for his intuitive leadership skills andkeen ability to develop and mentor young professionals to achieve their maximum athletic potential.
"I fell in love with the atmosphere and vibe at Tilton. I am excited about this new chapter in my life and I can't wait to get going”, Dawson on why he chose to join the coaching staff atTilton School.
Dawson earned a degree in sports management from Massachusetts in 2001. While a three-year starter at linebacker, he helped the Minutemen win the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) national championship and the 1999 Atlantic 10 championship. A native of Pepperell, Mass., Dawson finished his career with 250 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and 11 pass deflections.
Dawson comes to Tilton from Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Virginia) where he was the Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebacker coach. Prior to joining Norfolk State, Dawson worked as Defensive Line Coach and with the special teams’ units at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, Linebacker Coach at the University of Rhode Island, Defensive Coordinator at Virginia State, Monroe College, and Fordham University, and Special Teams Coordinator at the University of New Hampshire. At Virginia State, he led a defensive effort that led to winning its division title. As a graduate assistant, he was an Assistant Defensive Line coach at the University of Oregon.
Dawson coached many collegiate student-athletesto All-CAA honors, some of whom have gone on to play in the National Football League (NFL) and implemented systemic Defensive Program turnarounds.