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Matty Bennett Named Head Cross Country Coach

Ann Palms, Lincoln School’s Director of Athletics, has announced that Matty Bennett will take on the role of Head Varsity Cross Country Coach this fall. 

Matty has spent the last year as the head indoor and outdoor track coach at Moses Brown, where he led the girls outdoor track team to its first Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Class Championship title and to a seventh-place finish at the RIIL State Championships. Additionally, he had four athletes qualify for the New England Championships this past year.

Prior to coaching at Moses Brown, Matty was an assistant cross country and track coach at the University of Montana for one year, as well as the volunteer assistant coach at Virginia Tech for three years. At Virginia Tech, he studied under Ben Thomas, now the associate head coach at the University of Oregon, and worked with numerous ACC champions and All-Americans.

Matty earned his B.A. in English and psychology from Syracuse University in 2013, and his M.F.A. in poetry from Virginia Tech in 2016. While at Syracuse, he competed as a member of the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams. He was a four-time Big East Academic Scholar and competed in a range of events, including the 1,500 meter run and the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

For the past two years, Matty has worked as a special education teacher at Providence Career & Technical Academy, but this summer, he will transition into a recruitment manager position with Teach For America. He lives in Providence, and is an avid runner, poet, and Settlers of Catan player.