Elms College Adds Men's and Women's Track for 2016-17

CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Athletics Department at the College of Our Lady of the Elms
will add men's and women's outdoor track teams in 2017. Starting in the spring semester 
of the 2016-2017 academic year, the team will compete in the following events: 100 m, 
200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 3,000 m, 5,000 m, 10,000 m, 4x100 m, 4x400 m and 
4x800 m.

"I'm excited about the prospect of adding this new sport to the 15 other men's and 
women's sports we already sponsor," said Ellen McEwen, director of athletics at Elms. 
"This addition to our athletics department can be very successful in this geographical 
area, especially under the leadership of our cross country coach, Matt Dyer, who has a 
very strong background in the area of track. He put together the program proposal for 
us, and will be coaching both the men's and women's teams."

The team will be about more than sport, according to Dyer. "We really care about giving 
back and carrying out the mission of Elms College and the Sisters of St. Joseph," he 
said. "Our cross country team does a multiday overnight service trip each fall, and I'm 
sure we will continue some similar mission and service work with our track programs. 
We really love and enjoy the process of working hard and growing together not only as 
students and athletes, but as people trying to serve a higher cause."

Dyer has just completed his fourth season as head coach of the men's and women's 
cross country programs at Elms. Hired in August of 2012, he has helped direct both 
teams to stellar finishes in the New England Collegiate Conference: The women's team 
came in second in 2013 and 2014, and the men's team was third in 2015. Dyer was 
named NECC women's coach of the year in 2013. 

Prior to joining Elms, Dyer spent three years as the assistant track and field and cross 
country coach at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., where he was in charge of 
the team's sprinters and jumpers, recruited prospective high school athletes, and 
assisted in the management of home track and field and cross country events.

As an NCAA Division III student athlete at Connecticut College, Dyer, competed as a 
sprinter, capping his career by being named a team captain and being named to the 
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) all-academic and all-
sportsmanship teams.

Dyer earned a master's degree in exercise science and sports studies with a 
concentration in strength and conditioning from Springfield College in the summer of 
2015. He also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National 
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA CSCS), a USATF Level One-certified 
coach, and a certified sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports 
Nutrition (CISSN).

Elms' sports teams have a strong track record of excelling in academics as well as 
athletics, McEwen said. In 2014-2015, the overall athletic department GPA was 3.25. 
The cumulative GPA for the men's and women's cross country teams, which includes 
many of the runners who will make up the track team, was 3.54 for the men and 3.52 for 
the women.