Seen as one of the leading jumps and short sprint coaches in New England, Matt Van Vliet has been coaching track & field since graduating Colby-Sawyer College in 2013. A 4 years athlete at Colby-Sawyer, Matt played soccer and ran track, graduating as a 2-time MVP and congratulated with all-ECAC honors. He still holds the school record in the high jump.
Post collegiately, Matt has seen continued success in the jumping events throughout elite New England meets and championships. A top 3 finisher at the famous Dartmouth Relays in 2017, USATF New England Podium placements in 2013, 2016 and 2017 in several jumping events (long jump, high jump and triple jump) and USATF New England champion in the high jump in 2016. He is currently training to qualify for a USATF National Championship Meet.
As a coach, he was the sprints and jumps coach at Colby-Sawyer College for 2 years where he helped start the inaugural indoor track team and lead the women’s team to an outdoor conference championship. Additionally, he coached at Bedford High School for 3 years producing state champions and New England qualifiers in jumping and sprinting events each season. During his reign, Bedford athletes were seen as jumping and sprinting guarantees in more than 1 event each season regardless of the competition.
At SNHU, Matt plans to bring his jumping and sprinting experience to the team. With a technical eye and deep knowledge about those quick, powerful events, Matt hopes to turn SNHU jumps and sprints into a conference powerhouse for years to come. While this type of dominance takes time to build, he hopes to put SNHU athletes on the fast-track for success and hopes to have an immediate impact on day 1 of joining the team.