In a return to Portland, Barreau named head coach of cross country

Matt Barreau has been hired as the head coach of cross country, a program he will seek to take to NCAA Division III national success. Barreau is originally from Oregon.

PALATINE HILL -- A coach with over 50 national qualifiers, nearly 100 conference champions and 300 all-conference selections over the last eight seasons, Matthew Barreau has been named the Lewis & Clark Pioneers cross country head coach, Interim Director of Physical Education and Athletics Mark Pietrok announced on Thursday.

Barreau joins the Pioneers following eight years coaching other NCAA Division III institutions. Over his last two seasons at Coe in Iowa, Barreau produced 10 all-conference selections and two new school records. He also coached the school's first-ever all-conference track and field selection in the 10,000 meters.

"Matthew stood out as a coach who will help our student-athletes reach success across the Building Champions philosophy," Pietrok said. "He is a proven recruiter with a track record of bringing in student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in regional and national competition."

"It is a real honor to be named the head coach at Lewis & Clark," Barreau said. "I am thrilled to be back in my home state and in the city where I got my start as a full-time coach. It has been my dream to raise my family in Oregon, and I'd like to thank AD Mark Pietrok and Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Robin Holmes-Sullivan for giving me this opportunity.

"Portland's setting for distance runners is as good as it gets in the country, and Lewis & Clark has a gorgeous campus and is an elite academic institution. We will strive to provide great experiences, while challenging each other to be our absolute best, and should put ourselves in position to compete regularly for conference titles with a national presence. I am excited for the opportunity to create connections with our alumni so that current and future Pioneers can build upon their traditions."

In all, Barreau has directly coached seven All-Americans and overseen student-athletes set 70 school records across all divisions of the NCAA. Prior to Coe, Barreau was the head coach at Christopher Newport in Virginia and was named the regional coach of the year four times. With 47 national qualifiers and 27 conference records, Barreau was an eight-time conference coach of the year.

Originally from Oregon, Barreau was an assistant coach at Portland State from 2005-08 followed by a year at Concordia. At PSU, his student-athletes broke 27 school records including 12 freshman marks. The Vikings also had their first-ever all-conference distances runners since entering NCAA Division I. For Concordia, Barreau assisted both teams that achieved their highest finish at nationals with the men's team placing among the top 10. 

Before coaching in Portland, Barreau was an assistant coach at Adams State in Colorado and his alma mater, Western Oregon. He also spent six years coaching high schools in Arizona and Oregon.

In addition to his coaching accolades, Barreau is highly involved on cross country committees nationwide. Currently, he is the Vice President of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III Executive Committee.

Barreau will start on campus on August 1.