Football Coaching Staff
Matt Barnes
Linebackers - Special Teams Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: Linebackers - Special Teams Coordinator
Hometown: Frederick, Md.
Alma Mater: Salisbury University
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 3 Years

Matt Barnes is in his third year coaching the Maryland linebackers and has added the duties of Special Teams Coordinator heading into the 2018 season.

Barnes has helped a pair of Terp linebackers garner All-Big Ten recognition and he brings a wealth of special teams knowledge, having served as a special teams graduate assistant under DJ Durkin at the University of Florida.

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. 

Carter continued his stellar play in 2017, once again being named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten after ranking tied for fourth in the country with four forced fumbles. As a senior, Carter led the Terps and ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 90 tackles. Carter became just the fifth player since 1969 to lead the Terps in tackles three straight seasons, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson(2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).

Barnes has spent much of his coaching career alongside 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 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.