Matt Thurin joined the Columbia football staff in February 2012 as the program's special teams coordinator and also a coach for the secondary.
In 2013, Thurin guided punter Paul Delaney to the top of the Columbia record books and a first team All-Ivy League nod. Delaney set a single-season school record, averaging 42.4 yards per kick average placing 23 punts inside the 20 and 18 kicks over 50 yards. The kickoff return game also was a bright spot for Columbia and Travis Reim ranked second in Ivy League, averaging 23.1 yards per run out.
The Lions special teams showed vast improvement in 2012. Alec Fisher led the Ivy League, averaging 8.4 yards per punt return and was joined by Trevor Bell, ranking among the kickoff return leaders. Delaney enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, registering 39.6 yards per punt and pinned opponents inside the 20 on 14 occasions to earn a spot on the 2013 CFPA Preseason Watch List.
Thurin came to Morningside Heights after a year as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. While there, he was an offensive graduate assistant, focusing on the offensive line and special teams. He coached punt team, kickoff returns, scout team defense and scout special teams. Thurin developed scouting reports and was involved with game plans with offensive staff.
Prior to his time at Colorado, Thurin spent three years from 2008-11 at the University of Akron, where he received a master's degree in education. While at Akron, Thurin was a defensive assistant, coaching linebackers and special teams. He also assisted with the defensive backs for a year at Akron. Thurin assisted the defensive staff in all daily operations and developed hit charts, practice plans and assisted with game planning from week to week.
Thurin also spent a year at Walsh University in Ohio, where he was the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach. Thurin worked on both sides of the ball at Walsh, helping the offensive and defensive staff in daily operations.
Thurin played football and baseball at Baldwin-Wallace College in his home state of Ohio. Thurin graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and was a student coach at his alma mater, where he gained experience coaching the defensive line and defensive backs.