STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - After helping guide the Mississippi State women’s soccer program to two of the most successful seasons in program history, including its first NCAA Tournament appearance, associate head coach Matt Kagan is headed to Oregon State.
OSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes named Kagan the fifth head coach of the Beavers on Tuesday.
“Words cannot describe how happy I am for Matt,” MSU head coach Tom Anagnost said. “He is a great coach and an even better person who has truly earned this great opportunity. Although I am sad to see him go I am far more genuinely overjoyed for him. He has done so well wherever he has been and I know he will make Oregon State better.”
Prior to his time in Starkville, Kagan served as an assistant coach at five institutions including a stint under Anagnost at Miami (Fla.). His experience also included a head coaching job at Division III Worcester State (2005-07).
“My time in Starkville was wonderful,” Kagan said. “I will miss the people and the community that make the town so great. MSU soccer is on the rise, and the sky is the limit for this great program.”
Kagan is the second associate head coach under Anagnost to have accepted a head coach position following his tenure at MSU. Jason Hamilton, a member of the Bulldogs’ 2017 coaching staff, just completed his first season at the helm of East Carolina.
“I believe this great news also speaks volumes for our Mississippi State soccer program,” Anagnost said. “An assistant coach from here deservingly ascending to being a head coach at a Power Five school demonstrates how much this program has improved and grown on a national level.”