Matt started rowing his freshman year of high school at Simsbury High School in Simsbury, Connecticut. He won State Championships with Simsbury in 2009 as a member of the Second Varsity 8 and in 2010 as a member of the First Varsity 8. As a junior he was voted the program's most improved oarsman and went on to be voted team co-captain his senior year in 2011. As a senior he was also awarded the Simsbury Crew Rotary Scholarship, which is given to oarsmen who, over the course of their time at Simsbury Crew, showed the most dedication, passion and drive for the program.
Matt decided to continue rowing at the college level at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. As a freshman, Matt was awarded the Novice Hustle Award and saw success stroking the Men’s Freshman 8. His senior year was when he had the most success with Ithaca. He sat in the stroke seat of the the Men’s Second Varsity 8 that finished 3rd at the Head of the Fish Regatta and sat stroke seat in the Men’s Lightweight 8 that won the lightweight championship at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta. His boat also recorded an impressive spring season, capturing wins over strong east coast competitors Trinity College and Marist College, and barely missed out on the grand finals at the ECAC National Invitational, where they were edged out by the New England Champion, Williams, by .9 seconds. His senior year he was also selected to participate in Ithaca College’s Athlete Leadership Academy and was awarded the Robert B. Tallman Award, which is given to the varsity oarsman who most exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Robert Tallman, an accomplished oarsman at Ithaca College.