Chris Mattes joined the Terrapin coaching staff as a volunteer assistant prior to the start of the 2016 season and helped lead Maryland to the National Championship in 2017.
Mattes will long be recognized for his excellent and meticulous work as faceoff coach during Maryland's 2017 national title run. Maryland's faceoff unit had the daunting task of taking on the nation's first, second and third team All-Americans in the final three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Mattes' group responded by going 37-for-70 (53%) during those three games and Jon Garino won 10-of-14 faceoffs in a sensational National Championship performance. Garino finished the NCAA Tournament 71% overall.
Mattes made an immediate impact on the Terrapins in 2016, leading a faceoff contingency which featured freshman Austin Henningsen. Under Mattes' guidance, Henningsen won a Maryland record 151 faceoffs and ranked 14th nationally (second among freshmen) in faceoff percentage (.590).
A USILA All-America faceoff specialist during his collegiate career at Rutgers from 2007-11, Mattes has spent the last five seasons in Major League Lacrosse while also serving as an assistant coach at Westfield High School in 2014 and 2015.
Mattes has played the last four seasons for the Florida Launch, and earned his first career All-Star bid in 2016. He was also a member of the 2011 MLL Champion Boston Cannons.
During his career at Rutgers, Mattes won 160-of-252- faceoff draws (63.5%) and was named First Team All-Big East in addition to his all-america honors.
The co-founder of “The Faceoff Academy” in 2013, Mattes currently runs camps and training sessions for faceoff men all over the country from the youth to the college level.
He is a native of Westfield, N.J.