Matt’s love for volleyball began as the 4th string bench player on his eighth-grade volleyball team at Hugh McRoberts Secondary. Following hundreds of hours of practice and training with the local Richmond club system, he soon developed the skill, coordination and confidence to lead his team to 4 City Championship titles, and become the first ever McRoberts team to reach the High School Provincial Championships.
His passion for the sport followed him through to post-secondary, first working with the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Volleyball team, then competing with the Capilano University Blues, playing every and any position that the coach and team needed.
Matt now plays in the ever-glorified (and recreational) indoor men’s league with friends during winters and outdoor co-ed grass leagues during the summers.
Matt began coaching in 2007 for two reasons: To give back to a sport he loved, and to improve the level of competition in Richmond. The local youth club that he volunteers for has grown from 3 active teams in 2007 to 12 teams today while being known as one of the largest boys clubs in the province.
Matt naturally discovered that there was a large community of adults who also loved volleyball, but were limited by their playing experience. Volleyball IS the most social team sport and activity that people can play for life, and Matt is determined to share that passion with anyone who wants to learn. He has been coaching adults for 12 seasons and has been directing the FTLO Volleyball Train and Play League for 3 summers running.
Along with a NCCP Level 2 certification, 15U National Bronze, Provincial Bronze, and Provincial Gold medal in his coaching resume, Matt is much more proud of introducing the excitement of volleyball to 200+ youth and over 150+ adults - and still counting! The most rewarding part to him? Having former athletes return and also giving back to the sport :)
SPORT FOR LIFE
Matt has been a volleyball enthusiast and promoter for the sport for over 15 years with a range of experience as a player, coach, referee and as a provincial program administrator.
What started out for him as just another sport to play after school has become a
lifelong passion that has affected 300+ individuals all over British Columbia.