Wide Receivers, Recruiting
Matt Cersosimo returned to the UConn coaching staff in 2006
as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Cersosimo previously worked
as a graduate assistant coach with the team and spent the 2004-05 seasons as an
assistant coach at Harvard, helping the Crimson to a 17-3 record over the
combined 2004-05 seasons.
UConn’s recruiting classes have continued to grow deeper
under Cersosimo’s coordination while the Huskies also saw a significant increase
in their production at wide receiver
in 2007 when four UConn wide receivers caught at least 20 passes on the year.
Cersosimo joined the Crimson staff in 2004 as the wide
receivers coach and saw Harvard post an unblemished 10-0 record, 7-0 in Ivy
League action. It was Harvard’s best season since the Crimson went 12-0 in 1901.
Wide receivers Brian Edwards and Cory Mazza were each named All-Ivy. In 2005,
his role switched to running backs coach and junior varsity head coach. The
varsity Crimson finished 7-3, including a monumental 30-24 win over ancient
rival Yale in triple overtime in New Haven. Junior running back Clifton Dawson
was a unanimous All-Ivy pick after the season.
Cersosimo spent the 2002-03 seasons as a graduate assistant
coach at UConn, organizing the defensive scout team and mainly helping with the
Husky tackles and tight ends. The Huskies recorded a 15-9 record during this
period, the program’s first two as a member of the Division I-A classification.
Amongst the neophyte independent I-A program’s highlights over that span were
wins over schools from four different BCS Conferences (ACC – Wake Forest, BIG
EAST – Rutgers, Big Ten – Indiana, Big 12 – Iowa State). In 2003, UConn ranked
eighth in the nation in total offense (477.5- ypg), 10th in passing offense
(297.92 ypg) and 17th in scoring offense (34.0 ppg).
Cersosimo was a two-year starter at defensive back on the
Springfield College football team, receiving the Unsung Hero Award in 2000 and
the Coaches Award in 1999. He also received Springfield’s Dual Sport Athlete of
the Year Award in 1998. Cersosimo was a two-year lacrosse captain at Springfield
College, earning All-New England honors as a senior. He also served as an
assistant lacrosse coach at Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, Mass., in 2001
and 2002, in addition to coaching Springfield’s wide receivers and special
Cersosimo boasts a deep coaching pedigree as his family is
well established in the Connecticut high school ranks. His father, Rob, has
served as head coach at Conard High School since 1984 while his grandfather, Bob
McKee, was the head coach at West Hartford’s Hall High School from 1951 to 1956
before moving to Conard where he was head coach from 1957-1984.
Cersosimo is a native of West Hartford, Conn. and received
a pair of degrees from Springfield College, an undergraduate degree in 2000 in
physical education and a master’s degree in health education in 2002. He is
married the former Megan Campbell, an All-BIG EAST women’s lacrosse player at
UConn who recently served as the team’s head coach. The couple welcomed the
birth of their first son, Brady, in August