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  Matt Clark
Matt Clark

Hometown:
Worcester, Mass.

High School:
St. John's HS

Last College:
Massachusetts '06

Position:
Assistant Coach

Birthdate:
12/21/1982

Experience:
3rd Season


Matt Clark joined the UMass coaching staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2006 after an outstanding career for the Minutemen.

He assists both the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs in all aspects of training.

Clark was a three time Academic All-Conference member in his career as well a member of the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I team.

He was also named to the 2004-05 Indoor and Outdoor A-10 All-Academic Team. In 2003-04 he was named to the league's indoor academic all-conference team.

Primarily an 800 meter and 1,000 meter specialist for UMass, Clark ran the lead leg of the silver-medal distance medley relay team at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Championships. He was also the captain of the 2004-05 cross country team and the 2005-06 track team.

Clark earned his bachelor's degree in journalism in 2006.

2005-06: Finished 92nd overall at the Atlantic 10 XC Championship (10/29) in 27:24.7 ... finished 180th overall at the New England Championships (10/8) in 27:39 ... finished 203rd overall at the Paul Short Invitational (10/1) in 26:10.1 ... finished 10th overall vs. Maine/Vermont (9/17) in 27:24 ... finished 51st overall at the Dartmouth Invitational (9/10) in 27:19.20 ... At the New Hampshire Invitational (1/21), placed 9th (2:05.76) in the 800 meter ... At the Boston Indoor Games (1/27), placed 17th (2:01.64) in the 800 meter ... Helped the 4x800-meter relay team to a fifth place finish at the Rhode Island Mega Meet (2/4) ... Placed 95th in the 800-meter (1:59.63) at the Boston University Invitational (2/11) ... Helped the distance medley relay team to a second place finish (10:30.94) at the A-10 Championships ... At the New England Championships (2/25) helped the 4x800 relay team finish 6th (7:46.60) and the Distance Medley finish 5th (10:08.90).

2004 Cross Country: Named team tri-captain ... earned Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference honors ... competed in all seven races for the Minutemen ... posted three top-10 overall finishes ... top finish occurred at the Blue Devil Mini-Meet (10/23) where he was fifth overall (15:49) ... also finished eighth at the Syracuse Classic (9/25) completing the race in 27:46.40 ... was among the top-five UMass runners on six occasions including at the NCAA Northeast Regional (11/13) where he finished second among his teammates (33:42.7).

2003-04: Named to the Atlantic 10 Indoor Academic All-Conference team ... ran primarily the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races during the outdoor campaign ... recorded his fastest time of the season in the 800 meters (1:59.63) at the Brown Invitational ... top-time of the season in the 1,500 meters was at the UConn Invitational (4/17) ... finished eighth in the mile (4:27.65) at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship meet (2/21) ... posted a top-time in the 1,000 meters (2:31.11) at the Boston University FasTrack (2/16) meet ... during the cross country season, he competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (11/17) finishing the race in 33:59 ... at the Atlantic 10 Championship (11/2) ran a 27:50.1 ... posted one top-20 finish completing the UMass Invitational (9/13) in 25:56 (17th).

2002-03: Ranked third on the team in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters ... finished 15th at the A-10 Outdoor Championship in the 1,500 meters ... ran on the 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relay teams ... named to A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

2001-02: Posted team's third-fastest 800-meter run time during the outdoor season at 1:56.25 ... New England Championships qualifier in 800 meters during outdoor campaign ... ran on UMass' 4x800 meter relay team that earned bronze medal at A-10 Outdoor Championships ... during indoor season, recorded UMass' second-fastest 800-meter run (1:57.70) and third-best 1,000M run (2:30.64) ... placed fifth in the 1,000-meter run at the New England Indoor Championships in 2:30.64 ... A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection was also named to the UMass Athletic Director's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters.

St. John's HS: Four-year letterwinner in winter and spring track at Shrewsbury's (Mass.) St. John's HS ... also earned three letters in football and one in cross country ... finished fifth in the Class A 1,000-meter run ... ran anchor leg of runner-up 4x800-meter relay team at New England Championships, a unit that went on to finish 11th at nationals ... team captain as a junior and senior ... three-year All-Central League selection.

Personal: Full name is Matthew Thomas Clark ... journalism major ... born Dec. 21, 1982, in Worcester, Mass. ... son of John and Patricia Clark.

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