Matt Kinney
Matt Kinney
  • Title:
    Head Coach
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  • Previous College:
    Kenyon, '93
  • Bachelor's Degree:
  • Graduate School:
    Western Illinois, '95
  • Master's Degree:
    Sports Management


Matthew Kinney has been named the University Athletic Association Coach of the Year for men's swimming and diving three times during his 15-year tenure as head swimming and diving coach of the Tartans. His most recent honor came in 2013 after leading the team to a second-place finish at the championship meet.

The Tartans have placed second at the UAA Championships five times under Kinney while setting 16 of 21 school records.

Twelve times the Tartans have been represented at the NCAA Championships with a school record 13 set to compete in 2020 before the meet was canceled. The 13 invited swimmers and divers were awarded a combined 27 All-America awards including four relays. After a year off of outside competition, the 2022 season saw 11 men compete at the NCAA Championships with all earning a top 16 finish in at least one event to finish 14th overall which marked to best finish by the men under Kinney's leadership. 

In 2019, eight representatives earned a 16th-place finish at the national championship meet. Two sophomores each earned two All-America awards while the 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay earned the same distinction. The 2019 finish at the NCAA meet was the fifth straight year the Tartans scored at the meet.

The 2010 season was one of the best for the men's program as all seven athletes who competed at the NCAA Championships earned All-America or All-America Honorable Mention honors. Five of those athletes earned their first-ever award as the team finished 15th in the nation.

Overall, Kinney has mentored 33 Carnegie Mellon male athletes to 100 All-America honors and 26 women to 69 All-America honors while he and his assistants were named UAA Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Kinney is a big proponent of academics as his teams have earned Scholar All-America recognition in each of his 15 seasons. Additionally, 10 times a women's athlete has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team, while a male has earned the honor four times during Kinney’s tenure.

Prior to the 2007-2008 season, Kinney spent 12 years as the head men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Throughout his 12 year tenure as head coach at Mary Washington, Kinney led the men's and women's teams to an impressive combined dual mark of 182-59 and a total of 22 combined Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) titles, including 12 straight for the women’s program. During Mary Washington’s conference title run he was named CAC Coach of the Year 12 times, seven with the women's program and five with the men. Kinney has brought tremendous coaching experience to Carnegie Mellon University, as he coached 88 All-America performers at UMW.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Kinney is a 1993 graduate of Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. While a student-athlete at Kenyon he was a three-time All-America athlete for the Lords and was part of three NCAA Division III National Championship teams. He was also selected captain his senior season. Following his undergraduate work, Kinney went on to Western Illinois University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in sports management while assisting with the swimming program.