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Track & Field Coaching Staff
Matt McGee
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
In nine seasons as WSU’s jumping event’s coach, Matthew McGee’s student-athletes have earned nine All-American awards, won seven conference championships, and earned 48 NCAA Regional and Preliminary round qualifications. He has mentored Cougars competitors to conference championships as well as All-America honors in all four of the jumping events.
Under McGee’s guidance in 2014, another Pac-12 Conference championship title came to WSU as Charlotte Muschamp captured the women’s high jump crown with a PR leap of 5-11 1/2 (1.82m). Muschamp, who overcame a series of injuries and illnesses during the year, also was the runner-up in the triple jump with 42-1 1/4w (12.83m), bringing 18 points to the Cougar women’s total. McGee’s jumps corps scored nearly half of the WSU women’s 2014 Pac-12 team points.

In 2013, freshman Kristine Felix captured the Pac-12 women’s pole vault title becoming the first Cougar woman to win this event at the conference level. Junior Kelsey Bueno finished fourth giving WSU two conference scorers in the pole vault. Holly Parent also added valuable points at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships as the runner-up in the high jump as WSU had the highest scoring women’s jumps group. Also last year, Stephan Scott-Ellis placed 11th in the long jump at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning his fourth All-America certificate. At the 2012 indoor national meet, Scott-Ellis took seventh place in the triple jump and 13th in the long jump. Moving outdoors in 2012, 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. 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). 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 the most high jumpers qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round competition among NCAA Division I programs 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 including five that have reached at least 13 feet. 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.