Matt Ballard, Assistant Coach

Ballard_Coachcropped.jpgContact Information:
413-542-2575 (office)

Matt Ballard enters his tenth year on the Amherst staff, and eighth year coaching the offensive line after two seasons as the Jeffs’ defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. Amherst's 2008 offensive line was one of the best in program history, as the Jeffs allowed a Division III-best five sacks throughout the year under Ballard's tutelage. The next three years were equally impressive, as the Lord Jeffs led the NESCAC in fewest sacks allowed in 2009 (8), 2010 (7) and 2011 (6). Amherst's line paved the way for an exceptional running game in 2012, as the Jeffs averaged 191.0 yards on the ground and ran for 13 touchdowns.

Ballard joined Amherst after five seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, three seasons as the head coach at Cathedral High School in nearby Springfield, Mass., another three-season stint as the offensive line coach at WPI and two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany. While at Albany, Ballard worked on the same staff as Amherst head coach E.J. Mills and earned a master’s degree in education. Ballard graduated from Albany in 1990 and was a two-year starter at offensive tackle, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior.

In addition to leading the offensive line, Ballard serves as Amherst's recruiting coordinator.