April 15, 2011
STORRS, Conn. -
Matt Addington, one of the most decorated men's soccer players in University of Connecticut history, will receive the Red O'Neill Award from The UConn Club on Tuesday, April 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, Conn.
The award is given annually to UConn graduates who have gone from the athletics fields to distinguish themselves in their chosen careers.
For the past 24 years, Addington has been assigned as a Special Agent in nine different offices within the United States Department of Justice and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Addington currently is an Assistant Special Agent In Charge with primary oversight of DEA operations in the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont areas - a position he has held since 2006. He also has responsibility of the oversight of the Lowell/Lawrence (Mass.) Task Force; the Springfield (Mass.) Resident Office and the New England Division Financial Investigations and Money Laundering Group.
He has also been assigned to nine other DEA offices in his career before being assigned to his current position: the Vice President's Task Force in Miami, Fla.; the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. District Office; the Cali Enforcement Group in Bogota, Colombia; a three year Detailee to the Central Intelligence Agency in an overseas assignment; as a Staff Coordinator assigned to the Mobile and Regional Enforcement Team Program in DEA Headquarters, Arlington, Va.; as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Raleigh, N.C. Resident Office; again in DEA Headquarters as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Counsel of DEA; and in Mexico City, Mexico, as the Assistant Regional Director for the Mexico and Central America Division.
During his career, Addington was also assigned to Operation Snowcap, conducting counter narcotic missions in the jungles of South America.
Addington earned All-America honors for head coach Joe Morrone and his Huskies in 1985 and has the rare distinction of being a four-year starter. During his career, UConn had an overall record of 62-25-12 and the team played in the NCAA tournament all four years - including trips to the national semifinals in 1982 and '83. He played in 96 of a possible 98 matches during his career and scored 52 goals while adding 23 assists for 127 points.
Addington was UConn's leading scorer in three of his last four years and still ranks fourth in school history in scoring and third in goals. Addington's 20 goals in his senior year is still third in school history while his 17 in 1984 is tied for fourth.
In addition to his All-America honor, Addington played in the 1985 Senior Bowl Classic and earned the Senior Bowl Leadership Award. He was a two-time All-BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament pick, was the 1984 BIG EAST Tournament MVP and earned All-New England honors three times.
Addington earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UConn in 1986 and came to UConn as a graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School in McLean, Va.