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Matt Desrosiers

Head Coach • Clarkson University • Golden Knights
Matt  Desrosiers

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Coaching Information

  • Team: Clarkson University • Golden Knights
  • Sport: Ice Hockey • Women
  • League: NCAA Div 1
  • Team Career: 2006 - Present
  • Record:
  • Conference: ECAC

Coach Biography

Matt Desrosiers started his coaching career in 2006 as an assistant coach for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey program.  After 2 seasons as an assistant coach, Matt and his wife Shannon Desrosiers (who was also an assistant coach for the Clarkson Women’s Hockey Team) were promoted to lead the team as Co-Head Coaches.  This would be the first husband and wife Co-Head Coaching tandem to lead an NCAA Division I program in any sport.  In only their second year as the head coaches, Matt and Shannon led their team to the highest national ranking in its programs history having reached #2 in the country.  That year also saw the Clarkson Women’s Hockey team as one of the top teams in the country as they spent the entire season ranked within the top 10 in the national polls.  After a very successful regular season, Clarkson ended up losing a heart-breaking overtime game in the ECAC league Championship game to the eventual National Runner-ups.  This was enough to earn the Women’s Hockey team at Clarkson an at large bid to the NCAA tournament which is only afforded to 8 teams.  This would be the first NCAA appearance for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team.  Again, this game would need overtime to decide the outcome and again, Clarkson fell just short in the end after a very hard fought battle.  In only their second season as head coaches, Matt and Shannon guided the Clarkson team to many firsts in the programs history.

Prior to becoming a coach in 2006, Matt spent 5 years playing hockey professionally where he was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets camp, participated in 2 all-star games, and helped his team win a league Championship while playing in Colorado.  Matt played his college hockey at St. Lawrence University where he was named an All-American and First Team All-ECAC defensemen his senior year.  That same year he was awarded the ECAC Scholar-Athlete award (which is given to one Division I athlete within the ECAC league in all sports who combines both excellence on the playing field and in the classroom).  While at St. Lawrence, Matt was a member of 3 NCAA tournament teams, 2 ECAC league championship teams, and one team that appeared in the Frozen Four.  Prior to his college career, Matt was named his junior hockey league’s Best Defensemen and helped his Team Ontario win a gold medal at the World Under-17 Championships.

Matt is also very dedicated to living an active lifestyle as he is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the world renowned National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He helps motivate others through personal training and also pushes himself to compete in triathlons.


Golden Knights • Quick Facts


Clarkson University • Quick Facts

  • Location Potsdam (NY)
  • Established 1896
  • Type Private
  • Faculty 182
  • Staff 0
  • Undergrads 2693
  • Postgrads 390
  • Campus Rural
  • Size 640 acres
  • Other Campus
  • Tuition $27090.00 US

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