2011-12Coach Matthew Barreau takes the helm of the CNU Cross Country program this year and has high expectations for the future of the team. Barreau has a dozen years combined experience at the NCAA Div. I, Div. II, NAIA, and high school levels and has found success at every stop. Highlights include a stint as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Div. II powerhouse Adams State College. Well known for their Cross Country and Distance successes, the Adams State program established by Joe Vigil – legendary distance coach and one of the founders of USA Track & Field’s Coaching Education Program – and carried on by Damon Martin who himself has earned 29 National Coach of the Year awards and 27 National Championships.
After coaching at Adams State, Barreau was hired as the Assistant Coach at Division I Portland State University in charge of the Cross Country & Distance program. In three years, his athletes captured 16 School Records and 104 spots on the PSU Top-10 Lists. He had two of qualifiers for the NCAA Regionals and three for USA Track & Field’s Junior National Championships where Melissa Owens ran 2:08.61 for 6th Place and followed that up with a 9th place finish in just her second ever 1500m (4:36.00).
Most recently, Barreau coached the sprinters and distance runners at Bethune-Cookman, helping 400m Hurdler Eric Cray qualify for the Div. I National Championships and has been working for RunnerSpace.com as editor for their Training Site and Colorado Site.