Matt Barber completed his fourth year as the University of Dallas men’s cross country head coach. During his tenure, the program has had two runners achieve record times with Ryan McAnany (Austin College Invitational on October 18, 2014) in the 5,000 Meters and Thomas Hogan (USCAA Championship November 11, 2016) in the 8,000 Meters.
Altogether there have been three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) all-conference team selections and one United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American.
In 2015, McAnany was able to secure an All-SCAC First Team with sixth in the Conference Championship. Under Barber’s tutelage, he represented the Crusaders at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championship.
In the classroom, Barber has placed five on the USCAA National All-Academic Team, which requires at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible. He has landed 22 UD runners 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.