Coach Spotlight – Coach Matt

I have to be careful with this one…he’s the boss! : ) This week’s Coach Spotlight…Coach Matt! Matt is not only our Technical Director, but he also coaches G02-04, and is everywhere! Go SGV Surf!

• Soccer Playing Experience (High School, College, Other): Club, Collegiate, and Professional

• Position Played: 10 Attacking Midfield, 9 Center Striker, and 8 Center Midfield

• Playing Highlights: Winning Dallas Cup XIII, MVP Baseline League, Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year, Soccer America Collegiate Player of the Week, 2-time Big West All Conference Team, Division 1 Final 4, Division 1 Elite 8, CSUF #4 Career Point Leader, CSUF All-time Career Assist Leader, 2 years Pro Czech Republic

• Coaching Experience: Coached since the early 90’s, passionately, for 6 years

• Most Memorable Moment on a Soccer Field: Beating USF in the NCAA tournament to advance to the Division 1 Final 4

• Most Embarrassing Soccer Moment: Missing an open goal in front of thousands of people

• Game Day Superstition or Ritual: Listening to loud music as I enter the soccer complex/field

• Favorite Soccer Team: The Netherlands

• Favorite Soccer Player: Arjen Robben

• Favorite Non-Soccer Team: The All Blacks (New Zealand National Rugby Team)

• Favorite Athlete: Usain Bolt

• Favorite Movie: Trading Places

• Favorite Actor or Actress: Johnny Depp and Jessica Alba

• Favorite Musical Group or Singer: Phish or The Grateful Dead

• Favorite TV Show: Silicon Valley

• Favorite Meal: Mediterranean (with my family)

• Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint and Chip, Black Cherry, Rainbow Sherbet

• Hobbies: Being on the water in my boat

• Dream Vacation Destination: Retirement

• Four Famous People You Would Invite to Dinner: Nelson Mandela, Pele, The Dwarf from Game of Thrones, and Warren Buffett

• How Many Friends Do You Have on Facebook?: I don’t even know how to check that

• Where Was Your Last Selfie Taken?: I don’t take selfies…those are for pretty people

• Best Advice for Players: Play like it’s your last game…one day it will be!