As one of Florida State's best players, Mat Cloer helped rewrite the Seminole record books during his playing days. Now in his fourth season as an assistant, Cloer is now coaching FSU athletes to break those same records.
In his third season as an assistant, he helped guide the Seminoles to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and had two players, Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh, reach the NCAA Singles Tournament. Aubone was recognized as the ITA Southeast Region Senior Player of the Year and for his efforts, Cloer was selected as the ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A two-time ACC Player of the Year himself, Cloer helped Jean-Yves Aubone reach that same status in 2009 earning his first ACC Player of the Year award. Cloer's assistance also led Aubone to become the first two-time singles All-American in school history. Under the watchful eye of Cloer, three players earned more than 20 wins in 2009 including Maciek Sykut who became the winningest player in FSU tennis history. The 26 singles wins in 2009 was a career high for Sykut and helped launch him to the top of the record books in singles wins (93) and overall victories (175). Cloer also helped lead the team to back-to-back trips to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
In his first season as an assistant coach, Cloer put his imprint on the Seminoles with an emphasis on singles play. Under the guidance of Cloer, six players earned more than 20 singles victories led by Clint Bowles who won 27 matches in 2007-08. He also worked closely with his younger brother, Chris Cloer, and senior Sam Chang, who both had separate eight match winning streaks during the dual match season. The former singles All-American also helped lead Florida State to the NCAA Round of 16 for the second time in school history. Cloer was a player on the Seminoles' first team to make it to the `final site' in 2005.
Competing for the Seminoles from 2002-2005, Cloer finished his career just seven wins shy of becoming the all-time career singles leader in school history. He left Florida State with 85 singles wins and 69 doubles victories. Cloer was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and during the 2004-2005 season, he became the first player in school history to earn All-American honors in singles.
Cloer took his talents with him to the pro circuit after he finished his collegiate career. He has traveled all over the United States and also made stops in Mexico and Asia to showcase his talents before he stopped playing on the circuit in April of 2007. He reached a world ranking of 780 during his professional playing career.
After working the summer of 2007 as a teaching pro at a country club in Rye, N.Y., Cloer returns to Florida State as he looks to continue to bring Seminole tennis much success. Cloer hails from Brevard, N.C. and is married to the former Lauren Hoffert. The couple has one child together, a son Kaes.