Tina Mattera
Tina Mattera
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-627-3639
Email: fieldhockey@tufts.edu

Head coach of the 2012 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Champions at Tufts, Tina Mattera has directed the Jumbos to nine NCAA appearances and five "Final Fours" during an outstanding coaching career.

The 2012 national championship - a 2-1 victory against Montclair State - was the first NCAA title won by a women's team at Tufts. Mattera was voted National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Coach of the Year that season. That squad has been selected for induction into the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Now in her 18th year, Coach Mattera has built Tufts Field Hockey into one of the elite programs in the country. The 2019 season saw the Jumbos finish with a 15-5 record, play in the NESCAC championship game and advance to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight." Tufts' final ranking of #4 in the NFHCA poll marked the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the Jumbos finished among the top 15 teams in the nation.

Four of Mattera's Tufts teams have played in the NCAA Championship Game (2018, 2016, 2012, 2008). She directed the 2018 Jumbos to a 19-3 record that included NCAA and conference runner-up finishes. In 2016 she led Tufts to its second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and into the NCAA Championship Game. She was selected as the NFHCA's Regional Coach of the Year that season. Tufts won its first-ever NESCAC championship under her guidance in 2009 when the team also advanced to the NCAA semifinals. In the program's first NCAA final appearance in 2008, Tufts lost to rival Bowdoin 3-2 in double overtime. 

Entering the 2020 season, which was canceled due to COVID, Mattera ranked fifth on the NCAA Division III all-time winningest coaches list with a .774 percentage. She became the Jumbo program's all-time leader in coaching victories in 2015 and currently has a 226-66 overall mark. Her 226 wins are 20th in Division III's active coaches ranking.

Tufts has a 184-43 overall record and 97-21 mark in the conference since the 2008 season. 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 and again with the 2018 season's 19-3 finish. 

Six players recruited to Tufts by Coach Mattera have earned NFHCA First Team All-America honors in recent seasons. Marguerite Salamone was honored in 2019, following Issy Del Priore who received the accolade in back-to-back seasons (2017-18). Emily Cannon (2012-13), Tamara Brown (2009-10) and Margi Scholtes (2008-09) are also Jumbos who were first team All-Americans in consecutive years. 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. In April 2019, Brown was inducted into the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame. Salamone and Del Priore earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2019 and 2017, respectively. Dyer was selected as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and Scholtes won the award in 2009. 

Mattera's Jumbos achieve academically and in the community as well. Fourteen members of the 2019 squad earned Division III National Academic Squad honors from the NFHCA for carrying grade point averages of 3.30 or higher. The Jumbos earned a National Academic Team Award as well, which recognized programs that achieved a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2019-20 school year. Former Jumbo Annie Artz received 2017 Academic All-America honors, while the 2019 squad produced six Academic All-NESCAC recipients (3.50 GPA or better). Tufts Field Hockey annually hosts a Girls in Sports day for Big Sisters of Masschusetts Bay. They held a clinic for adult Special Olympians in Athens, Greece during their international trip there in June 2019.

NESCAC's Coach of the Year twice, 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 season and championship that year.

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.  She was a member of USA Field Hockey's national indoor team from 2003-10 and won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in 2005. She was recently selected by USA Field Hockey to the 2022 Masters Indoor World Cup Over 40 Team.

Coach Mattera and her husband Chuck have two daughters - Lucy and Maddie - and live in Wakefield.