Matt Gttermann joined UMBC in 2008 as the head cross country coach after serving as the cross country and track and field coach at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md., since August 2004.
In his first season at UMBC, Gittermann produced two America East All-Conference honorees in Sara Parkinson and Anthony Kelhower as the men finished fifth and the women eighth at the conference meet. Last year, Parkinson earned All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season and was named to the Academic All-District II First Team honors.
All four of his boys’ cross country teams at Mount Hebron (2A/3A) had finished among the top eight in the state championships, peaking with a fourth-place finish in 2007. The Mount Hebron girls’ program also rose to prominence, finishing third at the state championships in 2007.
The track programs were also extremely strong under Gittermann’s leadership. His 2005 boys’ indoor team and 2007 girls’ outdoor squad both finished as runners-up at the state championships. Overall, Mount Hebron broke more than 80 school records, produced 15 individual state champions and one All-American during Gittermann’s tenure.
Gittermann started his coaching career as head track and field coach at neighboring Hammond High School in the fall of 2003. The January 2003 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, earned four letters in cross country and three in track and field and was the 1999 Ohio Athletic Conference freshman cross country Runner of the Year.
The Lewiston, N.Y., native earned his bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Baldwin-Wallace and completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with administrative focus from McDaniel College in May 2008.
Gittermann currently teaches biology in the Howard County Public School System. He has a USATF Level II Certification in sprints, hurdles, relays and endurance. Additionally, he was one of 20 collegiate and high school coaches selected to attend the USATF/United States Olympic Committee Emerging Elite Endurance Coaching Clinic at the Olympic Training Facility at Chula Vista, Calif.
Gittermann resides in Columbia, Md. with his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Ryleigh