Matt Kilcullen

Matt Kilcullen (born October 31, 1954)

Current position: Castleton State Spartans, Jacksonville Dolphins, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, North Florida Ospreys
Castleton State record^: 18-52 (.257)
Jacksonville record: 34-50 (.405)
Western Kentucky record: 59-49 (.546)
North Florida record^: 98-186 (.345)
Overall record^: 209-337 (.382)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1999-2009 North Florida
1998-1999 Manhattan (asst)
1994-1998 Western Kentucky
1991-1994 Jacksonville
1985-1991 Notre Dame (asst)
1982-1985 Siena (asst)
1979-1982 Castleton State
1978-1979 Delaware Valley (asst)

Matt Kilcullen Facts

  • Matt Kilcullen, Jr.
  • Born October 31, 1954
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York
  • Alma Mater: Herbert H. Lehman College (BS, 1976) / University of North Florida (M.Ed, 2012)
  • Graduated from Cardinal Hayes HS (NY) then played at Lehman College, both in the Bronx, NY
    • Inducted into the Lehman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999
  • First coaching jobs were as an assistant at Delaware Valley and head coach at D-III Castleton State (VT)
    • Went 28-47 in three seasons at Castleton, improving from 2 wins in 1979-80 to 14 in 1981-82
  • Moved up to the D-I level in 1982, spending three seasons on John Griffin‘s staff at Siena
  • Next was a six-year stint assisting longtime Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps
    • Was part of five NCAA Tournaments with the Irish, including a trip to the 1987 Sweet Sixteen
  • Became a D-I head coach in 1991, going 34-50 in three seasons at Jacksonville University
  • Next coached at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers for four seasons (59-49 overall)
    • Best year was his first, as WKU went 27-4 and swept the Sun Belt regular season and Tournament titles to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament (a first for Kilcullen as a head coach)
    • 8-seed WKU defeated 9-seed Michigan in OT in the first round before losing to 1-seed Kansas
  • After one year on John Leonard’s staff at Manhattan, he moved down South to be head coach at (then D-II) North Florida
    • Led the Ospreys for ten seasons, going 98-186 overall and helping transition to D-I competition
    • Fired in 2009 after UNF won less than 10 games in each of its first four seasons in the Sun Belt
    • Began working as the Assistant AD at North Florida after that, holding that title from 2009-11
  • Hired in 2011 to be the Assistant VP for Athletic Fundraising at D-II Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL
  • Moved back to New York in 2014, becoming the Director of Athletics at D-II Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Matt Kilcullen Coaching Tree

  • Jim Christian (Canisius, Boston College, Ohio, TCU, Kent State)
  • Glynn Cyprien (Memphis Hustle, Iowa Energy)
  • Darrin Horn (Northern Kentucky, South Carolina, Western Kentucky)
  • Al Seibert (Western Kentucky)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; UNF was a D-II program in the beginning of Kilcullen’s tenure there and started to transition to D-I in 2005