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Football Coaching Staff
Matt Barnes
Assistant Coach - Linebackers
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach - Linebackers
Hometown: Frederick, Md.
Alma Mater: Salisbury University
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 2 Years

Matt Barnes enters year two as Maryland's linebackers coach in 2017. During his first season, a pair of Terp linebackers garnered All-Big Ten recognition. 

Under Barnes' tutelage, linebackers Jermaine Carter and Shane Cockerille excelled in 2016. Carter led the Terps and ranked third in the Big Ten with 110 tackles, while Cockerille finished just behind Carter, ending the year fourth in the Big Ten with 108 tackles. Both players were named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

Barnes has spent much of his coaching career alongside Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin, joining him at both the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.

Barnes spent the 2015 season as the defensive analyst at Michigan under the then-defensive coordinator Durkin and head coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverine defense ranked first nationally in defensive pass efficiency, third in passing yards allowed, fourth in total defense and 11th in scoring defense. On game days, he served as the primary scouter in the box and contributed to sideline and halftime adjustments.

Prior to Michigan, Barnes served as a defensive and special teams graduate assistant for three years at Florida from 2012-14. He worked directly under the defensive and special teams coordinators, assisting a 2014 Gator defense that ranked 15th nationally in total defense and 10th in defensive pass efficiency.

Florida’s special teams unit also achieved immense success during Barnes’ tenure, ranking second nationally in kickoff coverage and third in punt returns in 2013. He directly assisted Durkin, who was named the footballscoop.com Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2012.

Barnes spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he helped coach all-american quarterback Adam Neugebauer to Division II Quarterback of the Year honors. Barnes’ offense led the conference in total offense, passing offense, passing efficiency and first downs. He signed over 25 prospects throughout the east coast, served as the academic coordinator and was involved in all areas of program management.

Barnes began his coaching career in 2009 as the running backs coach at Delaware Valley College, before beginning his first stint at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2010 as running backs coach.

Barnes is a 2008 graduate of Salisbury University on Maryland’s eastern shore, where he was elected as team captain by teammates and was a candidate for the Draddy Trophy Award.