Matt Barber completed his fourth year as the University of Dallas women’s cross country head coach. He has coached one student-athlete to a school record, which is held by Angela Moore from a 6,000 Meters race on November 11, 2016. She posted the milestone at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Championship.
Moore also was the latest of two runners during Barber’s tenure to garner a USCAA All-American that same campaign. Bridget Kennedy achieved the honor in 2015.
Clare Myers is the lone runner on the women’s side to earn a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) postseason accolade for all-conference in 2014. She ran a record-breaking mark (at the time) in the 6,000 Meters at the NCAA Division III South Regionals (November 15).
Myers reflected her academic success that same fall with a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Scholar Team. Over Barber’s active coaching span with the Crusaders, there have been eight on the women’s cross country team that were USCAA National All-Academic winners.
Other academic achievements include Barber having placed eight on the USCAA National All-Academic Team, which requires at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible. Hannah Guth and Ana Wilhelm earned the accolade in 2017. Barber also has landed 30 on the SCAC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Barber, a 2013 graduate at the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, joined the coaching staff for his alma mater a little over a year later. He coached his first season with the cross country team in 2014. Both men’s and women’s teams earned third at the SCAC Championship.
The native of Fort Worth, Texas, lettered two years and remains the program record holder in the 400 Meters (50:07) and Distance Medley Relay. He landed on the 2013 Men’s Track & Field Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll.
Barber was active on campus, with involvement as a member of Crusaders for Kids. He recruited for the organization at university social events and provided companionship to hospitalized children.
Prior to coaching at Dallas, Barber taught Theology and served as a track & field assistant coach at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas.
Barber holds a USA Track & Field Level I (Coach) designation, and is AED, CPR and First Aid certified.