After playing on a state championship team in high school, Matt knew that he wanted to become a baseball coach. However, if you had asked him at age 17 about his chances of becoming a history teacher, he would have said zero percent. (Matt’s students are always surprised to learn that he hated history in high school.) In college, though, he discovered that history is less about memorizing facts and more about the careful analysis of primary sources from many perspectives—the hallmark of the St. Andrew's history classroom. Matt jumped at the opportunity to join the St. Andrew’s faculty in 2019 and appreciates that the school allows him to pursue both of his passions as History Department Chair and Head Baseball Coach.
Matt earned his BA from the University of Virginia, where he majored in history and minored in African American & African Studies, and his master’s degree (also in history) from the University of Alabama. Matt began coaching while still in graduate school, assisting with an American Legion baseball team that went 53-16 and won the Alabama State Championship. Since 2008, he has taught and coached at boarding and day schools in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. His most memorable coaching experiences include his 2013 team finishing 24-1, going undefeated in the regular season before losing narrowly in the semifinal to the eventual state champion, and his 2019 team pulling off a gutsy “David vs. Goliath” win over the #12 team in the nation.
At St. Andrew’s, Matt lives on Lower Moss with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and traveling—especially to state and national parks.