Matthew Jabs is his third season as head assistant coach and eighth year overall. As a member of the Pirate coaching staff, Jabs has been a part of two conference championship teams and coached numerous school record holders, conference record holders, NCAA qualifiers, as well as a number of all-conference performers. His efforts in recruiting have played an integral part in the teams continued success.
Since joining the staff at ECU, Jabs has worked his way up the coaching ladder. Jabs began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant in 2000-01 and then served as a graduate assistant for the next two seasons, while pursuing a master's degree. After completing his postgraduate work, Jabs served as a part time assistant coach during the 2003-04 season before being promoted to a full time assistant coach. Following the 2004-05 season Jabs was promoted to Head Assistant Coach.
As an athlete at ECU, Jabs accumulated a number of notable accomplishments. He was a four-year letterman who was named team captain his senior year, earned ECU's Most Outstanding Swimmer twice (1999, 2000), and is still ranked among the all-time top 10 in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle races. His most notable accomplishment came in his final meet as a Pirate when he posted the then-fastest 100 freestyle time in school history.
Jabs graduated from ECU in 2001 with a degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in recreation and leisure studies, and earned his master's in athletic and physical education administration.
A native of Vernon, Conn., Jabs and wife Jaclyn currently reside in Winterville.