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Matt Gow Named Head Men’s Soccer Coach At OUAZ

Surprise, AZ - OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Gow as the head men’s soccer coach for the Ottawa Spirit and its new campus in Surprise, Arizona. 

“Matt (Gow) is coming off of a very successful year with the University of Pacific and his staff was recognized nationally for their great work,” said OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. “I have known Matt for the past five or six years and have watched him grow in his profession and in his personal life.  He brings skill, passion, intelligence, and a strong faith to our Spirit men’s soccer program and it will be a privilege to watch him work with our young men. I have no doubt he will build OUAZ into a strong program based on the proper principles from day one. He and his wife, Heather are like family already, and that is exactly the kind of atmosphere I want to build. It is one in which I know they will thrive.”
Gow joins OUAZ from the University of the Pacific where he was an assistant coach for the Tigers. This past season Gow, along with the rest of the Tiger coaching staff was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Far West Region Staff of the Year. In his second season with Pacific, Gow helped the Tigers put together one of the best seasons in program history,  as Pacific went 13-4-2 on the year including a NCAA Tournament second round appearance, before losing to the eventual champions; Stanford. Under Gow's tutelage, Pacific posted seven shutouts on the year, which was tied for the most in the West Coast Conference. Following the season, five of Gow’s defensive players received All-Conference honors in 2016, including Tristan Blackmon who was named a NSCAA All-American.
"I am beyond excited to take on the task of constructing OUAZ men's soccer,” said Gow. “I first want to thank President (Kevin) Eichner and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele for the opportunity to create something special here in Surprise.”
Gow continued, “I look forward to recruiting and forming a great team that builds a solid foundation of tradition and success. We will quickly put this program on the map as one of the top NAIA programs in the country.”
Matt Gow joined the Tigers from Virginia Tech, where he was an assistant coach working with the Hokies’ back line and goalkeepers. The Hokies posted their best season in seven years and capped off the season by making it to the 2014 ACC tournament. Virginia Tech goalkeepers posted seven clean sheets on the season, and led the ACC in saves.
Gow was the Director of Operations and Youth Development for the New River United Soccer Association in Virginia, where he oversaw over 20 competitive teams and 30 coaches. Gow also coached a U16 boys’ team to a Virginia State semifinal appearance.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Gow spent two seasons as an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas, where he became acquainted with Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. Gow helped train the NAIA perennial power's goalkeepers, while also focusing on international and domestic recruiting, and opponent scouting. Over two years, MidAmerica Nazarene advanced to the Final Four and Elite Eight, with goalkeeper Chris Eriksson earning All-America honors in both seasons.
While coaching at MNU, Gow was one of the founding coaches and Director of Goalkeeping for the Toca Futbol Club; a faith-based soccer club located in the Kansas City metro area.
Gow played for the Southern California Seahorses, a member of the Premier Developmental League. In college, he was a standout player for MidAmerica Nazarene as a four-year starter and two-year team captain. Gow helped lead the Pioneers to an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and a Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship.
A native of Lebanon, Missouri, Gow earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Gow and his wife Heather are excited to join the Spirit family.
For more information about OUAZ athletics, visit http://www.ottawa.edu/ouaz/athletics. Follow OUAZ athletics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OUAZSpiritAthletics/ and on Twitter twitter.com/OUAZSpirit.        
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.