Head coach of the 2012 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Champions at Tufts, Tina Mattera has directed the Jumbos to seven NCAA appearances and four "Final Fours" overall.
The 2012 national championship was the first NCAA title won by a women's team at Tufts. Mattera was selected National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Coach of the Year that season.
Now in her 14th year, Coach Mattera has built Tufts Field Hockey into one of the elite programs in the country. Last season she led Tufts to its second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and into its third NCAA Championship Game. She was selected as the NFHCA's Regional Coach of the Year.
The program's seven NCAA appearances under Mattera also include a run to the NCAA championship game in 2008 and to the NCAA semi-finals in 2009. Tufts won its first-ever NESCAC championship in 2009.
Entering the 2017 season, Mattera ranks ninth on the NCAA Div. III winningest active coaches list and 10th on the winningest all-time coaches list with a .774 percentage. She became the Jumbo program's all-time leader in coaching victories in 2015 and now has a 181-53 overall mark.
The Tufts program has a 152-35 (.813) record over the last 10 seasons and has seven top 10 finishes in the national poll. 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 last season.
Four players recruited to Tufts by Coach Mattera have earned NFHCA First Team All-America honors in recent seasons. Emily Cannon, a 2014 graduate, became the third two-time (2012-13) First Team All-American recruited by Mattera, joining Tamara Brown (2009-10) and Margi Scholtes (2008-09). Taylor Dyer was honored in 2010. Jumbos Annie Artz, Ellexa Thomas and Mary Travers were second team All-Americans in 2016.
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. Dyer was selected as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and Scholtes won the award in 2009. Tufts has a 71-16 (.816) record in the conference since the 2008 season.
Mattera's Jumbos achieve academically as well. Artz earned Academic All-America honors last year and was one of 11 team members to receive Academic All-NESCAC recognition (3.40 GPA or better) for 2016. The team has an overall 3.477 cumulatve grade point average.
NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2008 and in 2009, 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 championship that season.
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. As a member of US Field Hockey's national indoor team, she won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in December 2005.
Coach Mattera and her husband Chuck have a daughter Lucy and reside in South Boston.