Aug. 17, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Matt McGee, a former Cougar thrower and volunteer assistant coach, has joined the Washington State University Track and Field coaching staff as a fulltime coach, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday. McGee fills the WSU track coaching vacancy created when Kris Grimes accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Nebraska last month.
"We are thrilled to have Matt McGee join our staff," Sloan said. "He brings a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to our jumping events. His responsibilities will be to continue to assist with the multis, as he did last year, but also to work in the jumps area."
McGee will help across the board with all jumping events but specifically be responsible for coaching the high jump. Sloan will continue to be the primary coach for the multi-events specialists (decathlon and heptathlon) and will also take on the coaching the pole vault and the triple jump. WSU assistant coach Ellannee Richardson will add the long jump to her sprints and hurdles duties.
McGee joined the Washington State coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2004. As an undergraduate, McGee threw the javelin a personal-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 216-feet, 3 inches (65.91m), which was also 10th-best in WSU history. He finished second in the javelin at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships (212-5), and 10th at the West Region Meet (215-1).
McGee spent the 2003-04 school year as an assistant track coach at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., where he was responsible for coaching the jumps, throws, and multis, in addition to developing the strength conditioning program for the Vikings track team.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area of California, McGee attended College of Marin and Diablo Valley College, competing as a decathlete and javelin thrower before transferring to WSU.
McGee graduated from WSU in May 2003 with a B.A. in philosophy with a music composition minor. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar second teams and awarded a Pac-10 post-graduate scholarship. A member of the Bay Area and the Diablo Wind Symphonies while in high school, McGee enjoys playing the piano and writing music. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Biomechanics at the University of Idaho.