Matt Lindblad enters his 13th season at MIT in 2018. During his tenure in Cambridge, he helped guide the Engineers to eighth place at the 2016 ICSA Women’s National Championship and 2017 ICSA Team Race National Championship, fifth place at the 2013 ICSA Women’s National Championship and sixth place at the 2008 ICSA Dinghy National Championship.
In 2016, Lindblad aided the women's team to an eighth place finish at the ICSA Women's National Championship and in 2017 he brought the coed team to nationals as they took home eighth place at the ICSA Team Race National Championship. Then in 2018, Lindblad guided the women's team to a fifth place finish at the National Championship and the coed team to their first ICSA National Championship title since 1961. In just the past two years, Lindblad has coached seven All-Americans selected by the ICSA.
Under his leadership, RWU became a nationally recognized program with regular finishes in the Sailing World Top 20 National Rankings as well as top finishes at National level events. Lindblad has also enjoyed success as a competitor. In September, 2005, Lindblad competed for the Grey Goose Team Racing World Championship, winning the Team Racing World Championship with USA 1 (Cape Cod Whishbone). Lindblad also won the US Team Racing National Championships (Hinman Trophy) in 2003 and 2004 with Cape Cod Whishbone.
As an undergraduate, Lindblad was a four-year varsity letter winner at the national powerhouse St. Mary's College of Maryland. He was a team captain for the 1999 St. Mary's Seahawks squad, which won the 1999 Collegiate Team Racing National Championships and finished second in Fleet Racing National Championships among other victories. Lindblad has demonstrated his passion for coaching sailing in various capacities since assuming his first post in 1993. While working and going to school in Connecticut after college, he volunteered as an assistant coach for Fitch and Stonington High Schools in Southern Connecticut.
During the summer, Lindblad was the Waterfront Director at Ida Lewis YC in Newport (2003-04) and Advanced Racing Coach at Sail Newport (2005). He served as the Head Instructor/Racing Coach at Ram Island YC in Noank, Conn., from 1993-1998. Lindblad's other sailing successes include wins at Team Racing Mid-Winters (V-15) in 2005, The Newport Regatta (J24) in 2003 and 2005, and the J24 Fleet 50 Season honors in 2004 and 2005. Lindblad has also achieved top-five finishes at V-15 Nationals in 1998 (fifth) and 2000 (second) and is active in the Newport Laser Frostbiting fleet.