Matthew French
Matthew French
Title: Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach
Phone: 631-507-5840
Email: frenchm@sunysuffolk.edu

Matt French is the head coach for men’s and women’s track & field (2012-present) and cross country (2014-present).

During the last eight academic years (2011-2019), these programs and their coaching staff have guided Suffolk's student-athletes to four national championship team titles (2019, 2016 women's track & field; 2016 men's track & field; 2015 women's XC), thirty-three national individual titles, and eighty-six NJCAA All-Americans. In 2007, French was the assistant coach to the women's cross country NJCAA national champions.

Awards:

– National Coach of the Year (4x): Women's Track & Field (2019, 2016), Men's Track & Field (2016), Women's XC (2015).

– USTFCCCA N.E. Region Coach of the Year (7x): Women's Track & Field (2019, 2016), Women's XC (2018, 2015), Men's Track & Field (2018, 2016), Men's XC (2017).

– Region XV Coach of the Year (6x): Men's XC (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015), Women's XC (2018, 2015).

French is a Professional Assistant for the Physical Education Department at the Ammerman Campus. He was a national-caliber junior-college athlete and member of the 1985 Region XV championship cross country team at Suffolk, as well as an All-County runner at Longwood High School. French received his BA in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he was a member of the Salukis' NCAA Division I cross country team.