Matt Macedo took over as men’s and women’s swimming Head Coach at UC Santa Barbara in the 2016-17 season. Previously he was the former men's swimming and diving head coach at UC San Diego, before he was hired as Associate Head Coach for the men's and women's swimming and diving programs at UC Santa Barbara in July 2014.
Macedo has received MPSF Coach of the Year the past two seasons, 2016-17 and 2017-18. In his first two years as Head Coach he led the team to back-to-back MPSF Championship titles on the men’s side and runner-up finishes on the women’s side. On the men’s side he has a dual meet record of 10-2, producing 14 conference champions and breaking 13 school records. On the women’s side he has a dual meet record of 13-6, leading to 9 conference champions and setting 6 new school records.
A former U.S. National team member and 20-time NCAA All-American swimmer at Cal, Macedo had served as the head coach at UCSD since 2011. After the 2014 season, he received Coach of the Year honors from the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference for the second time in the past three years. Prior to being named head coach, he served as an assistant with the program from October of 2008 until his promotion in August of 2011.
Macedo also served as head coach for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
During his time with the Tritons, Macedo oversaw a program that broke 66 school records, earned 18 national titles and 12 conference team titles, and produced 188 All-American performances, including a trio of Division II records. He coached a pair of national champions in Dane Stassi (200 yard butterfly – 2012) and Nick Korth (200 yard breaststroke – 2014), with the latter setting a Division II NCAA record in his event.
UC San Diego was the NCAA Division II Championship runner-up in both 2010 and 2011.
In the classroom, his program earned a Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of American Scholar All-American team recognition in 2013.
Prior to his time in La Jolla, Macedo served on the staff of two prestigious swimming training facilities.
From 2007-08, Macedo worked for The Race Club, where he trained a pair of 2008 Olympic medalists in Nathan Adrian (gold in the 400 meter freestyle) and Milorad Cavic (silver in the 100 meter butterfly) and a 2008 world champion in Duje Draganja (50 meter freestyle).
From 2004-07, he was the head coach at North Coast Aquatics in Carlsbad. There, he coached groups of up to 50 top-level high school and age-group athletes.
As a student-athlete at Cal, he was a two-time national champion in the 400 yard freestyle relay (2001, 2002) and recorded 20 All-American performances between 1999-2002. He was named Swimmer of the Year by Pacific Swimming in 2000.
Internationally, he was a member of the USA National Team from 2001-03. He was a finalist for the Olympic Trials in 2000 and participated in the World University Games in 2001. In 1999, he was ranked in the top-20 worldwide in the 50 meter freestyle and top-50 worldwide in the 100 meter freestyle.
Macedo graduated from Cal in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in American studies and a concentration in public health/public policy.