As Head Coach of the Royals 16U team, Matt brings a wealth of international and Canadian baseball experience, both as a player and as a coach. In addition to experience as head coach of the New Zealand 18U National baseball team, Matt was selected by Major League Baseball to participate in their 2011 International Coach Development program, which included joining the Boston Red Sox player development staff for their Florida Instructional League activities.
Matt is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Kinesiology, and played for the Mustangs Baseball team from 2002-2005. In conjunction with studies related to pursuing a second degree from Western, Matt traveled to New Zealand where he continued to play and began his coaching career.
As a player, in his first season with Auckland’s West City Wildcats team in the Premier League, Matt won both the League and National Championships, while being named MVP and Top Pitcher of the National Championship Tournament. In 2012 Matt would again be named Top Pitcher of the National Championships.
Following a successful stint as assistant coach with the New Zealand National 17U team, Matt was named Pitching Coach for the 18U National Team (2010), and subsequently, Pitching Coach for the 16U National Team (2011).
In 2011, Matt was appointed National Baseball Development Officer for New Zealand and in that role he was tasked with developing baseball nation-wide. Matt continued coaching as well, and was appointed Manager/Head Coach for the 18U National Team that won a silver medal in the Oceania Championships in 2012.
During this period, Matt also took over as Head Coach for the Bayside-Westhaven 18U team, and won back-to-back 18U National Championships (2011/12). During his time with Bayside, Matt coached 8 players who have gone on to play U.S. college baseball – an unprecedented number from one New Zealand club team.
Prior to joining the Royals Coaching Staff in 2014, Matt was Pitching Coach and head of recruiting for McMaster University baseball, as well as Head Coach of the Etobicoke Rangers Junior team.