BORN: September 27, 1979
HOMETOWN: Berkeley, California
COLLEGE: College of Marin (A.A., 2001), Washington State University (B.A., 2003)
CHILDREN: Son Liam, daughter, Kaiya
COACHING EXPERIENCE: Diablo Valley College, 2003-04, assistant coach; Washington State University, 2004-05, volunteer assistant coach
WSU APPOINTMENT: 2005 - Assistant track and field coach
Through the 2012 season, in seven seasons as WSU's jumping event's coach, Matthew McGee's student-athletes have earned eight All-American awards, won four conference championships, and earned 33 NCAA Regional and Preliminary round qualifications. McGee is one of a select group of jumps coaches to have helped athletes earn All-America status in all four of the jumping events.
Under McGee's guidance in 2012, junior Stephen Scott-Ellis competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships and achieved seventh place in the triple jump and 13th in the long jump. Just two months later Scott-Ellis captured the Pac-12 long jump title with 25-9 1/4w (7.85m) one year after winning the conference triple jump crown. He went on to a fifth-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning his third All-America certificate. Moreno Zapata was a multiple top three conference finisher in the triple jump as well as an NCAA qualifier. In 2007, for the first time in school history, WSU had three women over 40-feet in the triple jump with Sarah Burns at 41-5i/12.62m (4th), Catie Schuetzle at 41-3 1/4/12.58m (6th), and Kaylee Gardner at 40-11/12.47m (9th). Schuetzle is also on the long jump record list at 10th with a best of 19-6 1/4 /5.95m. Scott-Ellis' 2012 long jump of 25-6 1/2 (7.78m) is ranked ninth in WSU all-time records and his 52-8 (16.05m) triple jump is 10th-best in Cougar historical standings.
In 2011, Washington State had more high jumpers qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round competition than any other school with three men and two women. Holly Parent advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships with a high jump of 6-0 (1.83m) and then leaped 6-0 3/4 (1.85m) outdoors, the fourth-best height cleared in WSU history. In addition to Parent, Christine Rice's 2011 high jump of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m) is eighth-best all-time. The 2009 WSU men's high jump group was arguably the best in the entire NCAA with three seven foot jumpers in three-time All-American Trent Arrivey 7-4 1/2 (2.25m), Shawn Swartz 7-0 1/2 (2.15m), and Ryan Deese 7-0 1/4 (2.14m). Arrivey won the 2009 Pac-10 title as well as the 2008 NCAA West Regional title. His best mark is fourth-best in school all-time records. During the 2012 season Jovan Vukicevic leapt into the WSU all-time records with a season best of 7- 1 1/2 (2.17m).
In the pole vault McGee has coached six of the top ten women in Cougar all-time records. Tyson Byers' 2007 vault at 18-0 1/2i (5.50m) for third place at the NCAA Indoor Championships is third-best in Cougar standings while in 2012 Jake Baertlein cleared 17-1 (5.21m) which is eighth-best.
Born in San Francisco California, McGee attended College of Marin and Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, competing as a decathlete. He transferred to WSU and walked-on the team as a junior. He was a two time Pac-10 scorer highlighted by a second place finish in the javelin at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships.
McGee graduated from WSU in May 2003 with a B.A. in philosophy. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic and Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar second team and awarded a Pac-10 post-graduate scholarship. He returned to WSU after spending 2003-2004 season as an assistant track and field coach at Diablo Valley College. He was promoted to a fulltime Cougar assistant coaching position in the summer of 2005 after spending the previous year as a volunteer.
McGee is married to Karla McGee a former Cougar teammate who still ranks among WSU's All-Time top 10 pole vault rankings. They have a son, Liam, and a daughter, Kaiya.