Matt Harris was named head men's and women's swim coach at Washington College in June 2016. In his first season, he led the two teams to a combined 17 Centennial Conference Championship medals. One year later, the Shoremen finished third at the conference championship, the Shorewomen had their best dual-meet record in eight years, and the two teams combined to win 10 conference championship medals.
Harris joined the Washington College swimming coaching staff for the 2012-13 academic year and was elevated to associate head coach in 2015.
During his tenure as an assistant coach, the swim teams enjoyed a great deal of success both in the pool and in recruiting. The men's team, especially, reached new heights, going 28-2 in dual meets during a three-year period which culminated with an unbeaten 10-0 record in 2015-16.
Harris turned in an outstanding career swimming four years at Kenyon College, helping the Lords win their 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th NCAA Division III Team Championships. He won four NCAA Division III individual championships, finishing first in both butterfly events as a junior and senior, and was a part of 11 different national-championship relays. He was voted his team's Most Valuable Swimmer and served as team captain as a senior.
Harris qualified for, and competed in, the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials and competed in the 100 and 200 butterfly events at the 2009 World Championship Trials.
Following his graduation from Kenyon, Harris worked in sales in Boston for two years while also volunteering with three local college swimming programs and coaching a new club team in the area. He then returned to Maryland and taught at DeMatha Catholic, his high school alma mater, for one year and worked with club and neighborhood swim teams. Harris, who has been swimming since he was 10 years old, earned a B.A. in English from Kenyon in 2009 and his M.A. in English from Washington College in 2015.