|Position:||Assistant Coach - Distance/XC|
Matthew Jelley has been a member of the Maryland staff since the 2012-13 season. Jelley came 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. Since joining the program, Jelley has been a part of Maryland’s transition from the ACC to the Big Ten.
Maryland’s cross country team has reached new heights under Jelly’s leadership, making consistent progress on the conference and regional stage during his tenure. The Terps took ninth at the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet, with the race reflecting an overall pattern of improvement for the Terps throughout the course of the 2016 campaign. The team win both of its early season meets, while the squad’s regional average time of 21:52 was one of its best team averages in the past decade.
Junior Alexandra Lucki earned USTFCCCA All-Region honor after taking 18th at the 2016 regional, the best overall finish by a Terp since the 2011 season. She also garnered the top finish (33rd) for a Maryland runner at the 2017 Big Ten Cross Country Championship.
He has also helped propel Maryland’s distance runners to success on the track, which has included two NCAA East Regional appearances and a NCAA Championship bid for Lucki.
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.
Travis Mahoney, a Temple senior in 2012, ranks among Jelley's finest protégés. Since choosing Temple and working with Jelley, Mahoney blossomed into one of the nation's top harriers and an Olympic hopeful. A two-time All-American in the 3000m steeplechase, Mahoney finished fifth in the steeplechase at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and qualified and competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials at Historic Hayward Field at Eugene, Ore. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Mahoney won A-10 titles in the indoor mile and 3000m and the outdoor 5000m, 3000m steeplechase and 1500m. For his efforts he was named Male A-10 MVP three times, one for one indoor (2011-12) and two outdoor track and field seasons (2011 and 2012). By earning the second team All-America honor in 2011, Mahoney became only the second two-time All-American in Temple history. With his fifth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase in 2012 he became the first Owl to earn first team All-America honors.
During his tenure 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 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.
What They’re Saying
"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 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. 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."