Bend, Ore., native Kimber Mattox is in her third season as a volunteer assistant coach after finishing a collegiate career that saw her earn five All-America awards. She will work with assistant coach Maurica Powell in the distances and steeplechase.
Mattox transferred to Oregon for her final year of eligibility following a standout career at Willamette University. As a senior for the Ducks in 2012, Mattox finished ninth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships for her first Division I All-America award. She also was the Pac-12 runner-up in the steeple, helping Oregon win its fourth consecutive league title. Earlier in 2012, she ran a personal best 10:06.58 steeple at the Oregon Relays, a mark that ranks No. 2 all-time at the University.
Prior to Oregon, Mattox collected four NCAA Division III All-America awards and eight conference championships running for Willamette (Salem, Ore.). As a junior in 2011, she was the NCAA runner-up in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:26.79) and placed ninth in the 5,000 meters (17:29.53). She set a seasonal best in the steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays in 10:23.34, establishing a Willamette school record in the process. Mattox also set the Willamette record in the 1,500 meters (4:28.11). She pulled off a difficult sweep at the 2011 NWC championships where she won the steeple, 1,500 and 5,000 meters. She was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year for both 2011 and 2009.
Mattox was a two-time academic All-District 8 selection. In cross country, she earned All-America status by finishing 35th at the 2010 NCAA Division III national meet when she was also the NWC champion. She also played soccer (midfielder) for the Bearcats, scoring four goals with two assists in 37 career appearances over two seasons. Mattox attended Cornell her first year of college but did not participate in track at the Ivy League school.
She won the 4A state cross country title for Bend High School as a sophomore in 2004 (18:09), the day after she had played a full 90 minute soccer game for the Lava Bears. Mattox also played basketball for Bend.