Coach Malone has a long history of athletics. Born and raised in Huntington Beach, he started as a track, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, baseball, tennis and racquetball athlete. He walked on the UCLA Track team and Volleyball team as a freshman in 1987, but decided to focus on volleyball, which he loved more. Unfortunately, after injuring his knee and back, he was cut from the team. Not wanting to call it quits, he focused on rehab, then transferred and practiced with the team at Long Beach State, helping them win the NCAA Championship in 1991.
Matt has also played many years of beach and grass volleyball, winning many tournaments and earned a AAA rating in the CBVA in 2001. He and his wife had twins in 2002, so he changed his focus back to coaching, but still loves playing doubles.
He started coaching in 1989 as the JV coach at Marymount High School in Los Angeles. He really enjoyed it and continued coaching after graduating from UCLA with a BS in Psychobiology. He has coached for 23 years at several volleyball clubs, including Surf City and Asics Nova, qualifying for Nationals at both. He has also been a head coach at many high schools, including Servite where his team made it to State in 1998.
Matt’s other passion is fitness. He has been a personal trainer since 1991. He has attended over 50 seminars and has been certified as a personal trainer by AFAA and NASM. His specialties are injury rehab and athletic performance, helping athletes have a longer and more successful career. He is always looking to help out anyone that needs it.
Matt loves to spend time with his family. He and his wife Karen and their twins, Kyle and Kelly, love to be outdoors as much as possible, the beach being their favorite place. He is grateful to be working at Tstreet with such a great coaches and under the direction of Troy Tanner, a member of the greatest US Men’s volleyball team in Matt’s opinion.