Holmes Community College Head Soccer Coach Matt Convertino was recently inducted into the Herkimer County Community College Sports Hall of Fame. The 1994 team claimed the NJCAA National Championship after going 25-0 scoring 107 goals and giving up three.
Convertino, a native of Utica, N.Y., returned to Herkimer to accept this honor. "I am very thankful to be part of the 1994 NJCAA National Championship team that was inducted into the Herkimer County Community College Hall of Fame," Convertino said. "It was a special group of players and our team was like a family. Many of the principles that I learned while playing at Herkimer have stayed with me through my coaching career at Holmes. It was a great night and a blessing to reconnect and catch up on old times."
The 1994 had 13 players dressed out in the national championship game. The teams following the championship season set a winning streak record of 97 wins. The men's soccer team at Herkimer has won 10 NJCAA championships.
After attending Herkimer, Convertino went on to the University of Mobile where the Rams won the University of Mobile's first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship and NAIA Southwest Regional Championship. The Rams also made two NAIA National Championship tournament appearances finishing with top-10 national rankings both years.
Convertino is in his 16th season as head coach of the Bulldogs. His teams were MACJC finalists in 2006 and 2012 and were back-to-back North Division champions in 2011 and 2012 and were division runners-up in 2006 and 2010. The 2016 women's soccer team won the North Division title and were MACJC/Region XXIII runners-up and are the 2017 North Division champions this season and will be competing in the MACJC/Region XXIII Tournament on Oct. 28-29.
Over the last several seasons Convertino's athletes have been honored with both Athletic and Academic recognition for their achievements. Since 2002, the Holmes soccer program has been awarded 28 MACJC All-State awards, 10 NJCAA Region 23 selections as well as 9 NJCAA Academic All-American and 7 Distinguished Academic All-American Awards.