Aug. 13, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Matthew Jelley has been named an assistant coach for the University of Maryland cross country and track and field programs, head coach Andrew Valmon announced today. Jelley comes to College Park after spending five years coaching at Temple University, where he revamped the Owls' distance program and was directly responsible for mentoring and coaching some of the best distance athletes in Temple's school history.
"I'm excited to welcome Matthew into the Terrapin family," said Valmon. "He is one of the top distance coaches in the country and his track record certainly speaks for itself. With our talented student-athletes and Matt's ability to help them improve and motivate them, the future is bright for our cross country and distance programs."
"I am honored by the opportunity to join the University of Maryland program," said Jelley. "I am really looking forward to being back in the ACC with one of the most decorated programs in the history of the conference. I am humbled to be part of this programs future and I'm excited to work with the talented Terrapin student-athletes, helping them reach their full potential and to work towards a common goal of consistently moving up the ranks in both the ACC and NCAA. Maryland has so much to offer; with such an amazing campus and outstanding facilities, all the tools are in place to attract the best student-athletes to help us reach our goals. I can't wait to get started."
Jelley's goals are consistent with those of the Maryland coaching staff - to become a dominant force within the conference, as well as at the regional and national levels - and his track record at Temple shows he helps student-athletes maximize their potential. The Owls' cross-country program showed steady improvement as it climbed up the regional rankings. Under Jelley's mentorship, Temple harriers earned several all-Atlantic 10 honors, including two-time honoree Mike May. Jelley also helped guide the Owls' men's team to back-to-back IC4A championships in 2009 and 2010.
During the past five years at Temple, Jelley's athletes broke 21 of 26 distance school records from the 800m and up. Jelley's efforts have helped the men's and women's track teams accomplish their best finishes in school history at the Atlantic 10 Conference meet. Notably, Jelley helped the women capture the 2010 outdoor conference championship and the runner-up trophy in 2012. His distance squad went from not scoring a single point before Jelley's arrival to scoring 51 points at the 2012 event.
Prior to coaching at Temple, Jelley was the head cross country and track and field coach at Toms River North High School in Toms River, N.J. Former Maryland distance stand out Pete Hess came to Maryland after being coached by Jelley and made an immediate impact. Hess was the 2003 ACC Freshman of the Year, a two-time All-ACC honoree and a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree as a Terrapin harrier.
While at Toms River, Jelley was named the 2001 New Jersey Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger and named Coach of the Year a total of 24 times by various sources, including at least once every year he was a head coach. He also coached four cross country teams (2001-2004) to national rankings by Harrier Magazine, placing as high as 17th in the United States. Jelley led his team to one New Jersey Group IV State title, three South Jersey Group IV championships, six Ocean County championships and one Shore Conference championship title in cross country. He also mentored 10 high school All-Americans and owned a 41-5 dual meet record during his time at Toms River North (1999-07).
A 1996 graduate of Clemson, Jelley is no stranger to the ACC. He was a member of the Tigers' cross country and track and field distance squads where he was a member from 1993-96. He also attended Monmouth University (1991-92), where he set five school records, and Ocean County College (1992-93), where he was an academic and athletic All-American in cross country.