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Aguero winning the OKCM Marathon


Coach Matt Aguero 

Matt Aguero, a native of Poteau, Oklahoma, has been a collegiate coach for the past 16 years. He is currently the head coach at Oklahoma City University. Coach Aguero’s teams have won five cross country national titles. He has two runner-up finishes in indoor track and one at the outdoor track championships.  Aguero’s teams have finished in the top five nationally in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field a total of 13 times.   Aguero was named the NAIA men’s cross country coach of the year in 2018 and 2019. He has been named the Sooner Athlete Conference coach of the year a total of seven times.   In addition to national team championships, Coach Aguero has directed 38 individual and relay national champions.  Most recently, Mark Shaw (2019 10,000 meters and 2017, 2019 cross country), Oscar Kipkoros (2019 3,000-meter steeplechase), Aminat Olowara (12 individual national titles and two NAIA records), Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris (2018 mile and 1,500 meters), Michaela Werner (2017 marathon) and Arya Bahreini (three-time marathon champion in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon qualifier).

Coach Aguero fell in love with running while in high school. He still holds the 1600 meter and 5000 meter records for the Poteau Pirate track team and in 2012 was inducted into the Poteau High School Athletics Hall of Fame.  Although a good runner in high school he didn't step up his running to the next level until he began competing in college at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. While there he was all-region in cross country, academic all-conference, a three time qualifier for the Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the marathon and he still holds the school record in that event.

After graduating from ECU with a degree in Health,Physical Education, and Recreation, Coach Aguero spent one year in Minot, North Dakota at Minot State University before returning to ECU to earn a master's degree in Sports Administration. While at Minot State he got to work with legendary coach, Scott Simmons, who helped Aguero take his running to another level. Aguero not only qualified for the Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the marathon, but he finished 3rd, earning him all-American honors and set a school record of 2:31:15, which still stands today.  

In 2005, Coach Aguero had an amazing come from behind victory at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and finished in a time of 2:31:41. He has run several ultra marathons and marathons including the prestigious Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and the New York City Marathon.

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