BURLINGTON, Vt. – Matt Belfield has been named head coach of cross country and women’s track and field at the University of Vermont. Director of athletics Bob Corran made the announcement today.
Belfield, 35, comes to UVM from Ithaca College, where he was a five-time New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Coach of the Year and led the Bombers to three straight conference outdoor titles. During his three-year head coaching tenure at Ithaca, Belfield’s student-athletes broke 14 school records and recorded 11 All-America performances.
“We are very excited to have Matt join our staff,” Corran said. “He is an experienced and highly successful coach who will have a tremendously positive impact on our cross country and women’s track programs.”
Before coming to Ithaca, Belfield was head coach of men’s and women’s cross country and track and field at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Cal. At Redlands, Belfield coached a national champion hammer thrower and a two-time national champion high jumper. He had spent three years as an assistant track and field coach at the school before becoming head coach in June of 1996, and also previously worked on the coaching staffs at Colgate and Catholic.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the cross country and track and field programs at UVM,” Belfield said. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Vermont athletes have demonstrated for decades.
“I experienced extraordinarily positive energy throughout the athletic department when I visited campus recently, and I am thrilled to be joining such an enthusiastic staff,” he added. My wife Bonnie and I are also looking forward to raising our daughter Arianna in a wonderful community like Burlington.”
A graduate of Catholic University, he was a six-time all-conference high jumper during his undergraduate career. He earned his master's degree in education, with an emphasis on counseling, from Redlands in 1994. Belfield is married to the former Bonnie Yuen, who was an assistant track and field coach at UVM from 1993 to 1997 under former head coach Ed Kusiak. Kusiak retired in June after 34 years of service to the University of Vermont.