Matt was born in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from Hughes Springs High School in 1996. Graduated from Austin College, where he played football and baseball, and participated in the Pi Alpha Psi fraternity. Enlisted in the US Army in 2004 and served until 2015, deployed three times to Iraq, twice to Africa, and twice to Europe. When not working as an Academic Advisor Matt enjoys working out, Crossfit, camping, hiking, movies, and reading.