Matt has a USSF “D” National Coaching License, and a well-rounded set of soccer experiences to draw from, including roles of player, coach, referee, club manager, volunteer and parent.
Matt grew up in Greeley, Colorado where he was a 3-year Varsity starting center midfielder at Greeley West High School, captaining the school to a conference championship and a first-time State berth. Matt played club ball with Ft. Collins Arsenal (CO) and joined the Colorado state Olympic Development program during his junior and senior year, where he participated in the Dallas Cup. In addition, he was selected for an European ambassadorial soccer tour, where he was awarded the captain’s band and the Most Valuable Player. In 1992, Matt declined multiple scholarship offers to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 NCAA soccer. He walked-on at the University of Tulsa where he became a 4- year letterwinner under the coaching guidance of Randy Waldrum and Tom McIntosh. After college, Matt continued to give back to the youth soccer community through many experiences as coaching, refereeing, and volunteering.
Matt is the Creative Director for a digital marketing agency. He and his wife Kristin, have 5 children and live in Tulsa, OK.
Coach Matt's Philosophy of his Team:
Will put family and school first
Will value integrity and honesty
Will play fair and have fun
Will assess and improve as individuals Will be coach-led and captain-led
Will have assessments, testing and homework Will set goals, both individual and team
Will learn by repitition
Will learn by imitation
Will be technically sound
Will be tactically developing
Will be in good shape and mindful of healthy eating habits
Will be at practice, but value rest
Will have pride in themselves, their team, and their club
Will expect to improve and compete to the best of our ability
Will have respect for teammates, parents, coaches, refs, and opponents
Will have direct and honest communication between coach, player, and parents Will have a non-political, organized, communicative, and pleasant team manager Will measure our success by our learning experience, not by our wins and losses