Matt Gittermann returns for his ninth year after joining UMBC in 2008 as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach in charge of distance events.
Gittermann previously served as the cross country and track and field coach at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md., since August 2004.
Academically, Gittermann’s cross country teams have led the university on numerous occasions in Team GPA, placed 14 members on All-America East Academic Teams, and his women’s team received “Special National Recognition” for Women’s Team APR from the NCAA in 2012.
In 2015, Hassan Omar became the first Retriever to earn medalist honors at the America East Championships. Additionally, Omar placed 27th at the national championships, earning All-America accolades.
Omar, Jon Luckin and Sophia Cologer also was named to the America East All-Academic cross country team.
In 2013, Gittermann brought the America East Title back to UMBC, the first for the men's squad since 2005. Omar earned a third place finish to pace the Retrievers, while Andrew Smith earned a tenth place finish. UMBC edged out host Binghamton to take the crown. The win also gave Gittermann another honor, as his staff was named 2013 America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Under Gittermann, the men’s cross country team ranked earned its first Mid-Atlantic Regional ranking in 2008 and has been ranked each year from 2010-2015. Its highest team finish at the NCAA Regional meet was seventh place, recorded in 2014.
All four of his boys’ cross country teams at Mount Hebron (2A/3A) had finished among the top eight in the state championships, peaking with a fourth-place finish in 2007. The Mount Hebron girls’ program also rose to prominence, finishing third at the state championships in 2007. The track programs were also extremely strong under Gittermann’s leadership. His 2005 boys’ indoor team and 2007 girls’ outdoor squad both finished as runners-up at the state championships. Overall, Mount Hebron broke more than 80 school records, produced 15 individual state champions and one All-American during Gittermann’s tenure.
Gittermann started his coaching career as head track and field coach at neighboring Hammond High School in the fall of 2003. The January 2003 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, earned four letters in cross country and three in track and field.
The Lewiston, N.Y., native earned his bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Baldwin-Wallace and completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with administrative focus from McDaniel College in May 2008.
He currently teaches science in the Howard County Public School System. He has a USATF Level II Certification in sprints, hurdles, relays and endurance. Additionally, he was one of 20 collegiate and high school coaches selected to attend the USATF/United States Olympic Committee Emerging Elite Endurance Coaching Clinic at the Olympic Training Facility at Chula Vista, Calif.
Gittermann resides in Columbia, Md. with his wife, Megan, and their daughters, Ryleigh and McKena.
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