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Iowa State Stands Behind Women’s Soccer Coach Matt Fannon with Extension

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Last month, Iowa State women’s soccer coach Matt Fannon was accused by several former players of verbally abusing and body shaming within the Cyclones’ program, according to a report from the Des Moines Register.

Since Fannon was hired at Iowa State in 2019, 17 players have either transferred, quit, or left the program and that is reportedly a result of the toxic environment that the coach has created in Ames.

However, Iowa State is standing behind its women’s soccer coach and has decided to extend Fannon’s contract through the 2026 season, according to a release from Iowa State athletics.

 

“I respect and appreciate the continued commitment that Matt is making to the development of the women in our program, both on and off the playing field,” Pollard said. “He is instilling the same levels of expectation, discipline, and accountability towards our student-athletes that all of our head coaches seek. I am excited about the future of our soccer program under Matt’s leadership.”

Fannon just completed his third season at the helm for Iowa State women’s soccer, and has compiled a record of 8-17-5, but the program has seen steady growth since his arrival, according to the release.

In 2020, the team played a shortened schedule thanks to COVID-19, but in 2021 the squad ended the year on a five-match winning streak, its longest streak since 2010. The 2022 team 1-1-1 vs. nationally ranked schools (including a win at #24 Michigan and a tie vs. #23 Texas) beat Iowa in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.

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