Matt Wieland has returned to his alma mater as a member of the coaching staff while working toward his master’s degree. The Omaha native was recognized as a team leader and Creighton’s best defensive player during his career from 2002-05, helping the Bluejay backline rank among the best in the NCAA in that span. Among his many duties on staff are working heavily with camps and travel.
Wieland, who joined assistant coach Johnny Torres on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team, was a four-year starter for the Bluejay defense. As a freshman, he was a member of Creighton’s last College Cup team in 2002. In 2003 he was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, when he helped the Bluejays rank 19th in the NCAA in goals against average, post six shutouts in MVC play and capture their first Valley regular-season title since 1996.
A three-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region honoree, he earned NSCAA Third-Team All-America honors as a senior in 2005, when he was also tabbed the MVC Tournament MVP. The Bluejays went 9-3-2 in the NCAA Tournament during his four years, the most successful four-year postseason run in school history, as the Jays advanced to at least the quarterfinals in three of his four seasons.
The three-year captain started 85 of the 87 matches he appeared in during his career and finished with 10 goals, eight assists and 28 points, despite most of his playing time coming from the back. Wieland’s brother, Joe, was also a four-year letterwinner at Creighton, as the duo played together during Joe’s senior season in 2002.
Following his playing career, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft by the New England Revolution. He graduated from Creighton with his bachelor’s degree in management in 2006 and is currently pursuing his MBA.