Matthew Greason enters his ninth season as the third head coach in the 45-year history of the varsity men's ice hockey program in 2019-20, after guiding Trinity College to the 2015 NCAA Division III title, the 2017 NCAA title game, and the last three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship crowns over the last five years. The Bantams reached the league championship for the eighth time in program history in 2018-19, where they outlasted Amherst College in dramatic fashion to win the 2019 league crown. Trinity finished 19-4-5, and was the No. 1 seed in the tournament for the fifth time in program history but the third time in the last five years. The Bantams, which finished the season as the No. 10 team in the country, hosted the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, but lost to New England by a score of 2-1. Greason is 150-51-17 in his eight years as head coach.
In 2017-18, Trinity finished with a 19-6-2 overall record and a 14-3-1 conference mark to earn the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament. The Bantams advanced to the finals and finished the season as the No. 6 team in the Northeast region despite an upset loss to Colby in the finals. Greason's squad won its fourth league title in 2016-17 with a 21-7-3 overall record, and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tourney where it made a run to the finals with victories over Plattsburgh State (4-1), Endicott (2-1 in OT) and St. Norbert (3-1) before falling in the championship, 4-1, to Norwich in Utica, N.Y. The Bantams closed that year at 21-7-3 and finished as the No. 2-ranked team in both national polls.
In 2014-15, the Bantams finished with a program-best 25-3-1 record capped by a thrilling 5-2 win over Wisc.-Stevens Point in the NCAA Finals for the College's first and only NCAA winter-sport title. Trinity finished the regular season with a 16-1-1 mark in the NESCAC to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. For the first time in program history, Trinity ended the season ranked No. 1 in both the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) poll and the D3Hockey.com Poll, and Greason was named the USCHO.com National Division III Coach of the Year and co-winner of Trinity's Athletic Department Coach of the Year award. Trinity was 21-5 overall in 2015-16, finished atop the NESCAC Standings at 15-3, and hosted and won its third league title. Trinity earned an opening-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, but fell to Mass.-Boston, 4-0. Greason, who was chosen as the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2012-13 when Trinity went 15-7-3 and reached the league semifinals, is 112-41-10 in six seasons. He was also named Trinity's Head Golf Men's Golf Coach in the summer of 2013, and guided that Bantam squad to third place in the conference in his first two seasons, NESCAC Runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017, and NESCAC titles the last two seasons.
Greason returned to Trinity, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, served as an assistant coach, and was a two-time All-NESCAC player, in September of 2011. He spent the previous years as an assistant coach for the United States National Team Development Program U-17 and U-18 National Teams. He was an assistant coach in 2007-08 and 2008-09, helping the Bantams to a 32-20-2 record that included the program's second NESCAC title and its third appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Prior to Trinity, Greason was an assistant coach at Kingswood-Oxford School and Kent School for five years. He also served on the staff for the Atlantic District of USA hockey, coaching the best players from the New Jersey and Philadelphia area, and has been a guest lecturer at the level 3 and 4 coaching education program for USA hockey. With the U.S. National Team Development program, Greason coached the defense for the U-17 and U-18 squads, served as head coach at the NTDP top-40 tryout camp, and was an assistant for Team USA in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic which features U-18 National Teams from around the world.
Greason grew up in North Bridgton, Maine and attended North Yarmouth Academy. After NYA, he took a post-graduate year at the Hill School in Pennsylvania and matriculated to Trinity College where he played hockey for the Bantams from 1998-2002. Greason earned his bachelor's degree in history from Trinity in 2003 and his master's degree in American Studies from the College in 2010. A captain of the Bantam ice hockey and golf squads, Greason was an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree as a junior and a First Team All-NESCAC and Division II/III All-New England selection on the ice as a senior. He also graced the All-NESCAC and All-New England Division III teams as a linksman, and was the head golf coach at Kent School for three years. An associate professor in the Trinity athletic department, Greason resides with his wife, Mary, and their sons, Patrick and Connor, in Wethersfield, Conn.