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Matt Gutridge
Position: Assistant Coach, Long Sprints, Middle Distance, and Hurdles
City/State: Williamsburg, Va.
Alma Mater: Virginia
Graduating Year: 2007
Major: English, M.A. Education
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: (757) 221-3018
Matt Gutridge Bio
Courtesy: Jacob Skipper
Release: 08/03/2011
Matt Gutridge is in his third season with the Tribe cross country and track and field programs in 2013-14, and has been responsible for a blooming renaissance of the long sprint and middle distance groups.  In addition to helping coach the cross country teams and handle travel arrangements for all teams, Gutridge is also primarily responsible for coaching athletes between the distances of 400m (including hurdles) and 1,000m.

After helping develop men’s 1,500m CAA titlist Chris Tyson ’12 in his first year, in 2012-13 Gutridge’s athletes provided one of the most dependably successful aspects of the Tribe program.  On the men’s side, Jomar Aryee ’16 walked on and became one of the league’s best 400m hurdlers, coming one within one stumble of all-conference honors, and helped the 4x400m relay finish third overall.  John Muller ‘13 was runner-up at the 1,500m, and the Tribe swept the six scoring spots in the steeplechase despite only athlete (champion Liam Anastasia-Murphy ’13) having run the event before.

On the women’s side, W&M reset both the 500m freshman record indoors and the 400m freshman record outdoors in 2012-13, and produced 40 points at the CAA Championships in the middle-distance events.  Claire Tito '16 ‘as a revelation in the longer sprints, qualifying for ECACs indoors at 5,00m, and Brittany Biagi ’15 broke out in the spring to earn seventh place at the CAA 400m hurdles.  The 4x400m relay at CAAs went 3:49.99 to take third place, which was just the fourth time in school history that W&M has gone under 3:50 in the event.  Sarah Katz ’15 was a solid contributor to the relays during the season, but over the summer broke through with a fifth-place showing at the Maccabiah Games 400m dash and helped the U.S. finish third in the 4x400m relay.  Indoors, W&M placed second at the ECAC DMR with the second-fastest time in school history, and sixth in the 4x800m relay with the best performance since 1999.  Over the past three years, every event from 400m-1,000m has seen at least three new athletes enter the Tribe record lists.

Before coming to W&M, Gutridge spent three years coaching cross country and track and field and teaching English at Grafton High School in nearby Yorktown, Virginia, leading the Clippers to the VHSL Boys AA State Championship in 2011, the first state title in any boys sport for the school.  Gutridge directly trained the distance, middle-distance, and hurdling athletes, and his charges responding by earning four individual and one relay state title during his tenure.  In 2010 with current Tribe senior David Gunnerson on the squad, Grafton's distance medley relay ran 10:09.40 to take seventh at the Nike Indoor Nationals, and 10:15.38 that spring to finish fourth at the world-renowned Penn Relays.

Gutridge graduated from Virginia in 2007 with a degree in English, and also completed his Masters of Teaching degree that same year from UVA's Curry School of Education.  With the Cavaliers, he ran under former W&M great Jason Dunn '96 and helped UVA to a pair of ACC Championships in cross country and three NCAA Championships appearances.  On the track, Gutridge was a regular on Virginia's ACC meet squad in the distance races, and qualified for the IC4A Championships as well.
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