Coach Matt is married to wife Shiela and has 3 children, Josh (20), Natalie (18) and Luke (15). He has an MBA from Mo State University. Matt ran in High School for St. Joseph, MO Central High School and was an accomplished Runner that earned him a Cross Country and Track Scholarship at then Southwest MO State University, where he competed from 1983-88 earning numerous school records and was two time conference individual champion in cross country and earning All -Region Team in 1987. Matt was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Southwest MO State University from 1988-90 under legendary Coach Richard Clark.

Matt qualified for the US Olympic Trials for 5,000 meters on the track with a PR of 13:46. He holds MO State Residential Records for 5K, 4 miles and 12K on the roads. Matt was Age Group USA National Cross Country Champion in 2013 for 45-49 year olds. Matt has a love for running and competing and still competes in road races and has a goal of breaking 16 minutes for the 5K this year at the age of 50.