Matt Barber completed his fifth year as the University of Dallas men’s and women's track and field head coach.
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, was a two-year letterwinner for men’s track & field at UD. Barber remains the active record holder in the 400 Meters (50:07 – SCAC Championships) and Distance Medley Relay (10:59.52). 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.
During the one-year break between being a student-athlete and coach, Barber taught Theology and served as a track & field assistant coach at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas. Barber coached the Cardinals in long-distance running, jumps, relays and sprints, and advised 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.