Track and Field Coaching Staff
Matt Wackerly
On Campus Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: On Campus Recruiting Coordinator
Hometown: Lexington, Ohio
Alma Mater: Ashland University
Graduating Year: 1998

Matt Wackerly joined the Nebraska track and field staff as the on campus recruiting coordinator in July 2016. He came to Nebraska from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams and an assistant coach for the track and field team.

Wackerly spent 10 seasons at Ohio Wesleyan and was the NCAA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014. He coached 44 national qualifiers in cross country and track and field distance events, as well as two NCAA qualifying teams. His athletes earned seven All-America honors, and he coached the ninth-fastest female in Division III history in the 5,000 meters. 

Before Ohio Wesleyan, Wackerly was at Stonehill College, where he was an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. During his three years at Stonehill, he helped the Skyhawks win a pair of conference championships, the school's first ever in men's cross country. He coached five NCAA Division II All-Americans and three NCAA qualifiers in cross country.

Wackerly is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University. During his undergraduate career, he was a three-time national qualifier in cross country and a three-time conference champion in track for the Eagles. He majored in English and earned a master's degree in sports management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.

Wackerly is a native of Lexington, Ohio. He is married to Angela Palmer-Wackerly, who is a professor of communications at Nebraska. They have one son, Luke.