Dino Mattessich

Dominick A. "Dino" Mattessich is a Croatian-American university administrator and former college lacrosse coach and player. He served as the head coach for the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore varsity lacrosse teams and for the University of Connecticut club team. He has worked in collegiate athletic administration for over 20 years and is currently the deputy director of athletics at Hofstra University.

Dino Mattessich
Biographical details
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977U. of Baltimore (asst.)
19781979U. of Baltimore
1980Maryland (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall26–15 (varsity)
Accomplishments and honors
2006 PCLL Coach of the Year

Early life and college career

Mattessich was born in the former Yugoslavia, in what is now Croatia, and later emigrated to Freeport, New York. As a freshman at Freeport High School, he was told that he would not make the varsity track team, and told to try playing lacrosse instead, a sport he would ultimately excel in.[1]

Mattessich played lacrosse at the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, including on the team that won the national championship tournament in 1973.[2] He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.[1]

Coaching and administrative career

In 1977, Mattessich served as an assistant coach at the University of Baltimore under Chip Silverman, who had agreed to coach the team for one season after the departure of former Head Coach Dick Edell.[3] Another UB assistant, Steve Hamp, explained the relationship as, "Chip really wasn't the X's and O's guy; that was assistant coach Dino Mattessich. Chip was more of the motivator."[3] The following season, Mattessich took over as Baltimore's head coach.[4]

In 1980, Mattessich served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Maryland. In June 1980, he was promoted to replace Bud Beardmore as the school's head coach.[5] He served in that position from 1981 to 1983, and compiled a 26–15 record.[6][7][8]

He then served for twelve years as an associate athletic director at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.[9] Following his time at Towson, Mattessich was an associate athletic director at the University of Maine,[1] where he worked under Athletic Director Sue Tyler, former Maryland women's lacrosse and field hockey coach. Tyler appointed Mattessich as head of the search committee that selected John Giannini as the Maine men's basketball head coach in 1996.[10] In 2001, he left Maine for the University of Connecticut to take a position as an associate director of athletics. Mattessich's tenure at UConn coincides with what has arguably been the most successful era of UConn athletics in the Universities history, including multiple National Championships in Men's and Women's Basketball, Bowl victories in Football, Big East Championships in Field Hockey, Soccer and Baseball, and an increased commitment to Ice Hockey.[7][8][11]

In 2006, Mattessich became the head coach of the MCLA affiliated club lacrosse team at the University of Connecticut. His son Brian, an attackmen on the team, played a role in his decision to volunteer his time as head coach. "I did it to spend time with my son, Brian, and to give the kids a good experience."[12] His first season as Head Coach the program attained its first ever MCLA National Ranking and Mattessich was named the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Coach of the Year.[1] In 2008, one of Mattessich's former players at UConn said that he "runs the program like a Division I team, and the intense offseason conditioning focuses on skill development and team commitment. That is a big challenge for players, but it has paid off on the field."[13] Brian Mattessich took over as head coach in 2009, and Mattessich continues to work at UConn as the senior associate director of athletics, where he manages the department's financial and internal operations, and is the sport supervisor for several sports, including Ice Hockey.[14][15]

Mattessich provided the inspiration for a lacrosse player depicted on a 51-cent Canadian stamp issued in 2006 in commemoration of the World Lacrosse Championship. The illustration was based on a photograph of Mattessich taken by Bob Rothgaber during the 1974 MarylandHopkins NCAA tournament final that was used on the cover of Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition by Bob Scott. The stamp depicts the player in a Canadian national team uniform.[16][17]


  1. UConn Lacrosse Coach Dino Mattessich Gives Back To The Game, College Lax.US, April 6, 2007, retrieved June 18, 2010.
  2. 2009 Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, p. 65, University of Maryland, 2009.
  3. '77 Bees Still Buzzing Despite Loss of Leader, Press Box Online, March 13, 2008.
  4. "Bees' ten topples Morgan", The Baltimore Sun, Mar 15, 1978.
  5. Names in Sports, Wilmington Morning Star, June 27, 1980.
  6. 2009 Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, p. 50, University of Maryland, 2009.
  7. http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/122011aaa.html
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. W. Maryland's St. Rose blossoms in tournament, The Baltimore Sun, December 1, 1994.
  10. Basketball search to begin; UMaine associate athletic director to lead committee, Bangor Daily News, June 19, 1996.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. http://uconnmenslacrosse.blogspot.com/2007/04/giving-back-to-game.html
  13. Landry playing lacrosse at UConn, Belmont Citizen-Herald, July 14, 2008.
  14. Dino Mattessich leaving UMaine for position at Connecticut, The Bangor Daily News, April 6, 2001.
  15. Staff Directory Archived 2010-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, University of Connecticut, retrieved July 12, 2010.
  16. Philip Tang, Bob Rothgaber, SPSBE '63: Putting His Stamp on Lacrosse, Johns Hopkins Magazine, September 2006.
  17. Frederick Rasmussen, Md. inspires a Canadian stamp ; Photo from '74 Hopkins-Terps lacrosse is behind commemorative issue; back story, The Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2006.
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