Head coach of the 2012 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Champions at Tufts, Tina Mattera has directed the Jumbos to seven NCAA appearances and four "Final Fours" overall.
The 2012 national championship was the first NCAA title won by a women's team at Tufts. Mattera was selected National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Coach of the Year that season.
Now in her 15th year, Coach Mattera has built Tufts Field Hockey into one of the elite programs in the country. In 2016 she led Tufts to its second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and into its third NCAA Championship Game. She was selected as the NFHCA's Regional Coach of the Year. Last season, Tufts' final ranking of #13 in the NFHCA poll marked the ninth time in the last 11 seasons that the Jumbos finished among the top 15 teams in the nation.
The program's seven NCAA appearances under Mattera also include a run to the NCAA championship game in 2008 and to the NCAA semi-finals in 2009. Tufts won its first-ever NESCAC championship under her guidance in 2009.
Entering the 2017 season, Mattera ranked sixth on the NCAA Div. III winningest active coaches list and fifth on the winningest all-time coaches list with a .774 percentage. She became the Jumbo program's all-time leader in coaching victories in 2015 and now has a 192-58 overall mark.
The Tufts program has a 163-40 (.803) record over the last 11 seasons. In 2008, Tufts had the best winning percentage in the NCAA's Division III with their 19-2 record (.905). Following that with an 18-2 mark in 2009, the Jumbos went 19-2 again in 2012. They tied the school record for wins in a season with a 19-3 mark in 2016.
Five players recruited to Tufts by Coach Mattera have earned NFHCA First Team All-America honors in recent seasons. Current team member Issy Del Priore received the accolade last fall. She was the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year last season. Emily Cannon, a 2014 graduate, became the third two-time (2012-13) First Team All-American recruited by Mattera, joining Tamara Brown (2009-10) and Margi Scholtes (2008-09). Taylor Dyer was honored in 2010.
Brown was named NESCAC Player of the Year for both 2009 and 2010. She finished her career as Tufts' all-time leading scorer with 78 goals and 26 assists. Dyer was selected as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and Scholtes won the award in 2009. Tufts has a 89-18 (.832) record in the conference since the 2008 season.
Mattera's Jumbos achieve academically and in the cummunity as well. Annie Artz earned Academic All-America honors in 2016, while last year's squad produced 12 Academic All-NESCAC recipients (3.40 GPA or better). The team has an excllent 3.383 cumulatve grade point average.
NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2008 and in 2009, Mattera was hired as the sixth coach of Tufts Field Hockey in June 2004. A 2000 Boston University graduate, she was a four-year standout and captain of the 1999 team. She led the Terriers to an undefeated America East Conference championship that season.
An assistant coach at Holy Cross prior to Tufts, Mattera won two Massachusetts state championships while playing for the Walpole High School team in 1994 and 1995. As a member of US Field Hockey's national indoor team, she won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in December 2005.
Coach Mattera and her husband Chuck have two daughters - Lucy and Maddie - and live in South Boston.