Matt Roden is in his first year as Assistant Track & Field Coach at Emory & Henry College. During the 2017-18 academic year, Roden will assist Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Ian Layne in recruiting for the program's first varsity season in 2019.
Roden's most recent collegiate coaching stint was a five-year period (2006-11) at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. He served as the main coach for throwing events and was responsible for directing the Phoenix' home meets. Under Roden’s tutelage, Elon throwers set new school records in all six throwing events (indoor/outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw, discus and javelin). He also coached Elon throwers to 16 All-Southern Conference honors during his time there and produced three SoCon individual champions in the 2010 season (discus, shot put and javelin).
Prior to Elon, Roden served as a strength & conditioning assistant at Coastal Carolina University, working with the baseball, men's & women's basketball, men's & women's cross country/track & field, men's & women's soccer and volleyball teams. He also worked with the throws coach during the fall workouts with the Chanticleers' track & field program. He also spent four years as an assistant coach and clinic coordinator for the USATF Mjolnir Track & Field Club in Conway.
As an undergraduate, Roden was the 2002 Big South Conference Champion in the hammer throw, and after transferring to UNC Wilmington, won the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in the hammer in 2005 and was also named a NCAA Division I All-East Region performer. He currently holds the UNCW school record for the hammer throw and has since posted a mark of 64.14 meters (210.43 feet) for the event.
Roden holds a pair of certifications from USA Track & Field including Level I Coaching and Level II Coaching (Throws).
A 2005 graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Roden has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in management. He received his Master of Science in sport management with a concentration in intercollegiate athletic administration from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Roden and his wife, Katherine, reside in Abindgon with their two sons, Aiden and Conor.