Matt Tellez - Assistant Coach
UNC Asheville head men’s soccer coach Matt Mennell announced the addition of Matthew Tellez as an assistant coach with the Bulldog soccer program in May 2016.
Tellez comes to Asheville after serving the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, a Division I school in the Big West Conference. While at Sacramento State, he worked with midfield and back line players and was also involved with recruiting and as an academic mentor for the team. In addition to his work with the program, Tellez also served as Sacramento State’s Youth Soccer Camp Director and overseeing numerous camps throughout the calendar year.
“When we began the process of our search for a new 1st assistant coach, I had a wish list of the characteristics that would define the ideal candidate,” Mennell stated. “They would have a high level of coaching acumen, possess impeccable personal values and character, come from a great playing background, demonstrate a total commitment to the development of the student-athlete, and ideally, they would have experience in a successful Division I Men's Soccer program as an assistant coach. Needless to say, these were and are lofty expectations. I am pleased to say that this description fits Matt Tellez in every facet. I could not be more excited that he has decided to join our program. Matt is going to add a tremendous amount of value to UNC Asheville, the UNC Asheville Men's Soccer program and to the City of Asheville.”
Prior to his time on the staff at Sacramento State, Tellez played four seasons as a holding midfielder for the program. He is second in program history with 80 career matches played and is tied for the single-season Sacramento State record with 23 matches started in 2010. He earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention following the 2009 season and was a starter on the 2009 and 2010 MPSF championship teams that also won NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the second round. For his career, Tellez totaled two goals and three assists for seven points, scoring one game winning goal and attempting 59 shots.
"I want to thank everyone involved at UNC Asheville, especially Janet R. Cone, Terri Brne and Coach Mennell, for this opportunity. I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the new assistant coach, and excited about working with the coaching staff, players, athletics department and community,” Tellez stated. “I’d like to thank Coach Mike Linenberger and Coach Matt McDougall for giving me an opportunity to begin my coaching career at Sacramento State and helping me to become a better coach and person.”
Mick Giordano - Assistant Coach
Former Bulldog men’s soccer player Mick Giordano returns to the UNC Asheville program to serve as an assistant coach.
Giordano returned in the Fall of 2018 after spending a year as the Associate head at Wofford. He is the current head coach for Asheville City SC.
Prior to the joining the staff at Wofford, Giordano spent time on the men’s soccer staff at Wake Forest. In his year on staff, Wake Forest went 19-3-3 overall and advanced to the NCAA College Cup finals.
This is Giordano’s second stint on Mathes Mennell’s staff at UNC Asheville.
Giordano was a two-year starter for UNC Asheville in the midfield during the 2012 and 2013 seasons after transferring in from Charlotte.
In his senior year with UNC Asheville, Giordano started 17 games. Despite missing two games to injury, he was able to finish third on the team in minutes played, while adding two assists along the way. The 2012 season was hampered by injuries, but he was able to play in 11 games along the way.
Giordano graduated from UNC Asheville in December of 2013, and after graduation spent time playing professionally in Germany before returning to serve as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
Giordano also played with the South Carolina United Bantams of the PDL in the summer of 2013. He was also a key fixture and captain of the Triangle FC U20 teams in summers of 2010 and 2011, helping them reach nationals in each of their respective seasons. In 2011, he propelled TFC to a fourth place finish at nationals.
Giordano originally began his college career at Greensboro College in 2009 where he played both as a midfielder and defender, starting 14 of 17 games. Giordano spent 2010 at Charlotte before joining the Bulldogs.
Giordano played four years of soccer at D.H. Conley High School where he was an all-conference selection for three consecutive years and all-region choice his last two seasons. He was a member of the ‘91 North Carolina ODP Team. He finished his club career playing for tge 90 OCSA Coastal Crew and the U19 Winston-Salem Twins.