Matt Barber finished his fourth year as University of Dallas men's and women's cross country head coach.
Overall under his tenure, the program has produced three individual records. Two were on the men's side in the 5,000 Meters by Ryan McAnany (Austin College Inviational on Oct. 18, 2014) and the 8,000 Meters by Thomas Hogan (USCAA Championship Nov. 11, 2016). On the women's side the other school record set came in the 6,000 Meters by Angela Moore (USCAA Championship on Nov. 11, 2016).
Also during Barber's tutelage, there have been four All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) teams (three men's), three United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-Americans (two womens), and 13 on the USCAA National All-Academic Team (eight women's).
In 2016, the women's cross country team tied third and received fourth on the tie-breaker at the SCAC Championship. The men's cross country team took 5th in the SCAC Championship race.
Highlighting strong individual years under Barber were Moore and Hogan. Both notched school records in their debut seasons in the USCAA Championship. Moore ran a 23:38 in a 6k and Hogan broke the 8k mark with a 26:24. Moore qualified on the USCAA All-American First Team and Hogan was named to the SCAC and USCAA Second Teams.
Academically, Moore and Bridget Kennedy earned spots on the USCAA National All-Academic Team.
To conclude the 2015 campaign, Barber took both squads to the SCAC and USCAA Championships. The men’s team would take fourth place in the SCAC and ninth in the USCAA. The men’s side was comprised of four seniors, including McAnany, whom paced the Crusaders with the best individual times at each competition.
McAnany would notch a spot on the All-Conference First Team with a sixth place finish in the SCAC Championships, and also was the lone Crusader to represent at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championship.
On the women’s side, Barber witnessed the Lady Crusaders secure third place in the SCAC Championships for the second-straight season. UD would then follow up with sixth place as a team in the USCAA Championships.
Freshman Kennedy bursted onto the scene with a strong fall. As she earned a USCAA All-American Second Team selection and set a personal record (PR) 19:39 minute time for second place in the 5K at the University of Dallas Invitational.
In his first fall season, Barber guided both the men's and women's cross country squads to third place finishes in the SCAC Championships. Individually on the men's side, junior Ryan McAnany placed sixth with a time of 28:06 minutes to crack the top ten.
Both team's also placed second at the Austin College Invitational. McAnany placed second place while women's cross country junior Ruth Fritz tallied a 19:59 mark to earn third. Barber helped senior Clare Myers and McAnany each receive All-SCAC Team honors.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Barber obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from UD in May 2013. He was a two-year letterwinner for Men's Track & Field and landed on the 2013 Men's Track & Field Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll. Active in campus life, Barber was also a member of Crusaders for Kids. He recruited for the organization at university social events, and provided companionship to hospitalized children.
Barber went on to teach Theology and serve as a track & field assistant coach at John Paul II High School (Plano, Texas).
Barber coached the Cardinals in long-distance running, jumps, relays and sprints, advising student-athletes in the areas of form and technique.
Barber holds a USA Track & Field Level I (Coach) designation, and is AED, CPR and First Aid certified.