Matt Sellman returned to his alma mater prior to the 2010-2011 season as the aquatics director and head swimming coach and has built the program into a regional powerhouse, earning Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors four times while steering the Lutes to three NWC Championships.
Sellman became the first coach in Northwest Conference history to win NWC Coach of the Year accolades for four consecutive seasons on the women's side, capturing the honor in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013, while guiding the Lute women to NWC Crowns in 2016, 2015, and 2014. His 2016 team was simply dominant, winning 12 of the 18 events contested.
During his tenure at PLU, Sellman's swimmers have won 25 NWC individual titles on the women's side and six titles on the men's side, while breaking almost every school record. The Lute women have finished in the upper half of the NWC in each of the last five seasons, including three consecutive league crowns while the men have finishing among the upper half all seven years under Sellman, including third place showings in both 2015 and 2016 along with a runner-up finish in 2017.
Sellman came to PLU from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he served as head swim coach and aquatics director from 2007-10. He led the Eagles to six Capital Athletic Conference championships in three seasons, twice was named CAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year and once the CAC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. In all, he coached 44 UMW swimmers to NCAA Division III qualifying standards, and nine of his athletes earned All-America honors.
Prior to coaching at Mary Washington, Sellman was head swimming coach and aquatics director at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 2001-07. At Lewis & Clark, he rebuilt a program that went from a string of last place finishes in the Northwest Conference to achieving a second-place finish at the 2006 women’s conference meet. Additionally under Sellman’s guidance, the Pioneers not only ended a string of eight consecutive years without a conference dual meet victory, the women’s program claimed two straight nine-win seasons while the men’s team claimed back-to-back .500 seasons for the first time in almost two decades.
While an undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran, Sellman was a three-time academic and athletic All-American, twice was team captain and most inspirational swimmer, and three times received the team’s outstanding swimmer award. He received the school's Man of the Year in Sports award in 1996.
Sellman graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1996 and later earned a master’s degree from University of Findlay (Ohio).