Having been around Fairfield County lacrosse for most of his professional life, John Mathews has always kept a close eye on Greens Farms Academy.
This spring, he’ll get to coach the Dragons as their new varsity boys lacrosse coach.
Mathews, who won two state championships while at Weston High School earlier this decade, was named the boys varsity lacrosse team's head coach earlier this week by Athletic Director Tauni Butterfield.
“I’ve been offered some other opportunities with different schools, but to me it’s more about fit at this point,” Mathews said. “I’ve always kept my eye on the program at GFA. I’ve always loved challenges and I like taking something that has the ability to be great and become part of that process.”
A former player at Syracuse University, where he won an NCAA national championship, Mathews coached at Weston from 2010-15.
He led the Trojans to more than 80 wins in six years, winning the CIAC Class S title in 2010 and '12 and finishing as runners-up in 2015. His 2013 team won the school’s only SWC league championship in the sport.
About GFA, Mathews said, “A lot of greats kids and great families go here, and they’ve had some really good players. I’m excited about building up the program.”
Butterfield is giving Mathews the opportunity to do just that.
“We’re excited to have John as part of our GFA athletics program,” Butterfield said. “He brings a lot of experience to the position and he’s committed to moving our program forward. The feedback we got from our players was nothing but positive. We’re excited about the future.”
Mathews said he was equally thrilled to work under the leadership of Butterfield and Head of School Bob Whelan.
“We had a very good conversation,” Mathews said. “We connected right away, and we saw eye-to-eye on our philosophy and goals for the program moving forward.”
Mathews once worked on Wall Street, but now runs his own lacrosse company and has built a Fairfield-based travel program that has drawn interest from many players throughout southwestern Connecticut.
“I’ve always had lacrosse in my blood,” Mathews said. “I’ve always wanted to give back and I’ve always loved coaching.”
Coming to GFA felt like the right fit for Mathews.
“It just felt right for me at this point in my career,” Mathew said. “I love the area, it’s near where I live. I love the administration and the people I’ve met. This is something I want to do for a long time.”