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Matt Kaczor
Matt  Kaczor

Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan

Kaczor, CMU's associate head coach, took over direction of the track and field/cross country programs in June 2013.

For the past eight seasons, Matt Kaczor has overseen the development of the Central Michigan distance and middle distance runners. He was promoted to associate head coach in January 2013.

Kaczor served as an assistant coach for three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Jim Knapp in his first two seasons before working under Willie Randolph's combined-team model starting in 2009. He replaced long-time assistant track and field and head cross country coach Craig Fuller following his retirement in 2008.

In his time with the program, Kaczor has coached seven individual MAC champions, 29 All-MAC performers, five outdoor regional/prelims qualifiers, two NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifiers and 2008 All-American 800m runner Abraham Mach.

Kaczor coached seven student-athletes to CMU track and field records. Relando Powell shattered the indoor track 60m hurdles with a mark of 7.74. Powell's teammates Ethan Lievense, Parker Scott, Tyler Hamilton and Nathan Huff broke the distance medley relay (9:53.60); which was held since 1986. On the women's side, Shawntoreah Turk holds the 400m dash record (53.76) and Devene Brown threw the discus for a new record of 179-03.

The men's outdoor track and field team placed fifth at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Parker Scott led the squad as the repeated 400m hurdles champion. Javelin thrower, Kyle Smith qualified for the NCAA Championships and place seventeenth in the first round. For the women's team, the squad finished fifth in both the indoor and outdoor MAC Championships. Brown competed in the Jamaica National Senior Championships where she placed second in shot put (74-4) and ninth in discus (137-7).

The 2013 men's cross country team placed third in the MAC Championships, led by Nate Ghena's third place finish. The women's team took third as well at the MAC Championships, along with finishing ninth at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Meet.

The women's squad led by Krista Parks who placed as a top finisher in six out of the seven meets. Parks earned first team All-MAC her freshman, junior and senior year, along with a second team honor her sophomore year. Currently, she holds Central Michigan record of being the only student-athlete to earn All-MAC honors four-straight season in women's cross country.

On the track in 2013, two of Kaczor's milers finished with top five times in the conference during the indoor season and the Chippewas took second in the men's distance medley at the Indoor MAC Championships. In the outdoor season, Ethan Lievense placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the MAC Championships. Maddie Ribant finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase at the conference meet and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in the event for the second time in her career.

Kaczor coached the men's cross country team to a second place finish at the MAC Championships in 2012. Three runners finished in the top 15, including Kyle Stacks, who crossed the finish line in fifth. At the Great Lakes National Regional, the Chippewas took 12th out of 30 teams, led by two runners placing in the top 50.

The 2012 women's cross country team took fourth at the MAC Championships, led by Parks' sixth place finish. At the Great Lakes NCAA Region, Central Michigan placed 14th out of 32 teams.

In 2011, Kaczor helped coach the men's and women's cross country teams to runner-up finishes at the MAC Cross Country Championships, and Tecumseh Adams to an individual men's MAC Championship. The men then finished seventh at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet with Adams qualifying for the NCAA Championships, and the women finished eighth. Adams went on to finish 69th at nationals.

The distance runners, under Kaczor, also experienced historic success during the 2011 track seasons. His student-athletes set four school records (men's indoor 3,000m and 5,000m runs - Tecuseh Adams; women's indoor 5,000m run and outdoor 10,000m run - Holly Anderson) in the winter and the spring and Adams won an individual MAC Championship in the indoor 3,000m run. Anderson also qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships East Preliminaries in the 10,000m run. During the 2009 season, the men's and women's cross country teams placed third and fourth, respectively, at the MAC Championships. The women finished an impressive ninth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional while the men placed 11th. The program combined for four All-MAC performers, including three first team selections.

The distance runners flashed brilliance during both track seasons, with Raeanne Lohner finishing as the runner-up in the 3,000m, third in the mile run and running a leg with Second Team All-MAC performers Sarah Squires and Danielle Dakroub in the runner-up distance medley relay at the MAC Indoor Championships. Lohner continued her development outdoors, as she won both the 5,000m and the 10,000m to earn the conference's most outstanding track performer at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Lohner also qualified for the NCAA East Region prelims in the 10,000m, placing 18th.

Kaczor competed for the Chippewas in both track and cross country from 2001-04, and was part of three MAC cross country championship teams (2002-04), and was a member of the 2003 outdoor track team that captured the program's first MAC title. He served as captain of the cross country squad in 2004.

After graduating from CMU with a degree in secondary education and history in May 2005, Kaczor began his coaching career at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., serving as an assistant coach for OU's cross country and track and field teams. He coached two all-conference performers in the 3000m steeplechase while at Oakland.

Kaczor worked as a teacher in addition to his coaching duties at Oakland, most recently as a health and physical education teacher at the Academy of Oak Park - Mendota in Ferndale, Michigan. He previously taught in Troy, Mich.

Kaczor and his wife, Jill, are the parents of a daughter, Clara Dee, and a son, Ryan Matthew. The Freeland, Mich. native is a United States Track and Field Level I certified coach.

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