Starting his fourth season as the Tigers’ Defensive Coordinator, Matt Hachmann played a very important role in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association championship run.
Under his guidance, the Tiger defense generated 25 turnovers. Towson intercepted 13 passes and recovered 12 fumbles. As a result, Towson had a plus-eight turnover ratio.
Last season, the Tigers had two defensive players earn All-Colonial Athletic Association first team notice as Frank Beltre and Jordan Dangerfield were honored.
“Matt has really grown into his role as a defensive coordinator,” says Coach Rob Ambrose. “It’s been enjoyable watching him put together an exciting, aggressive defense. Our defense gets better every season and I’m sure we will be even better this year.”
Coach Hachmann joined the Tigers’ staff prior to the 2009 season. He spent the nine previous seasons at Lafayette College.
A native of Chicago, he joined the Lafayette staff in the 2000 season when Frank Tavani became the Head Coach. After working with the Leopard running backs for one year, he became the Leopards’ Linebackers Coach in 2001, a position he held for eight years. From 2003 to 2006, he also served as Lafayette’s Special Teams Coordinator. In 2008 and 2009, he had additional responsibilities as Lafayette’s Recruiting Coordinator.
At Lafayette, he helped Tavani build the Leopards into one of the top teams in the Patriot League. During his nine years, he was part of a coaching staff that helped the Leopards compile a 52-50 record.
When the new staff arrived at Lafayette, there was a formidible rebuilding task at hand. In Tavani’s first two years, Lafayette struggled to post a 4-17 record. After that, the Leopards turned things around to the extent that they were 48-33 in his last seven years at the Easton, Pa. school.
From 2004 to 2006, the Leopards won three consecutive Patriot
League championships. In 2004, the Leopards won the Patriot League title but lost to national championship-bound Delaware in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.
In 2005, Lafayette had an 8-4 record for the second year in a row and won its second straight Patriot League title. The Leopards lost to Appalachian State in the NCAA FCS playoffs. They won their third straight Patriot League title in 2006 and finished with a 6-6 record, dropping a first round game to Massachusetts in the NCAA FCS playoffs.
Hachmann helped the Leopards’ defense finish the 2007 season as the top-ranked defense in the nation, allowing just 260.9 yards of offense per game. He coached linebacker Andy Romans, a three-time All-Patriot League pick and the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year twice.
He also coached linebacker Maurice Bennett, an All-American selection in 2005. A finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, he had a free agent tryout with the Chicago Bears.
During his tenure as the Linebackers Coach, nine linebackers received All-Patriot League honors.
Prior to his years at Lafayette, Hachmann was on the coaching staff at four different NCAA Division I FBS programs.
Coach Hachmann is a board member of “Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp” which raises money for pediatric brain tumor research, cancer services and family support.
For the last eight years, he has participated in the camp and has gotten many of his colleagues to join him. Created in 2004, the camp has raised more than $800,000.
In 1999, he was a member of Coach Ron Vanderlinden’s staff at the University of Maryland, serving as the Director of Football Operations. In 1997 and 1998, Hachmann coached at the University of Oklahoma. For two years, he was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach.
He spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons at Northern Illinois University where he was an Assistant Coach who worked with the Offensive Line.
A 1993 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, he was a three-year letter winner for the football team. In 1990, he was part of a team that reached the NCAA Division III quarter-finals. He also played for the baseball team, earning Most Improved Player honors as a senior.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management, he served as a recruiting assistant at Northwestern University for the 1994 season.
While working at Oklahoma and Northern Illinois, he pursued a Master’s degree in Sport Management.
Born in Queens, N.Y., he grew up in Chicago. He and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of three children, Rien (16), Jake (12) and Justin (5).