BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has hired Matt Tiano as its new Coordinator of Soccer Officials, the Conference announced on Wednesday.
Tiano is the MIAC's first-ever Coordinator of Officials for soccer and will be tasked with establishing an officiating staff, training officials, assigning matches, and communicating regularly with both coaches and officials. His duties will begin effective immediately.
An NCAA soccer official for the last 13 years, Tiano has served as the Coordinator of Soccer Officials for the American Rivers Conference (formerly the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) since 2014 and will also be taking on the same role with the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) in 2019.
"I am honored to join two excellent Division III conferences with a history of soccer success," Tiano said of his new roles with the MIAC and UMAC. "Having refereed in the conferences for many years, I look forward to building relationships with coaches, administrators, and referees alike through training, development of current and new officials, and evaluation."
Tiano brings a wealth of experience with him to his new position with the MIAC, having officiated collegiately at the Division I, II, and III levels. He has worked numerous conference championships and NCAA Championships, including the 2017 Division III Men's Final Four. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (MISOA) where he oversaw video education for referees and coaches, as well as assisting in the assignment process for local contests. Tiano also currently oversees the assignment process for the Twin Cities' largest youth soccer clubs.
"Matt has great familiarity with our Conference and is very well-established in the officiating world," MIAC Commissioner Dan McKane said. "He brings a lot to the table and we are excited to be working with him moving forward."
In his new role, Tiano will be actively involved in all aspects of the assignment, development, and improvement of men's and women's soccer officiating, including the recruitment and retention of officials, building a quality officiating staff, addressing officiating-related concerns and issues with MIAC staff, coaches, and administrators, and representing the MIAC at NCAA supervisor/coordinator meetings.