Matthew is originally from Owings Mills, Maryland and started his pole vaulting career as a freshman in high school. Matthew attended Loyola Blakefield where he is the current indoor and outdoor pole vault record holder. Matthew joined the University of Delaware track team in 2003 where he competed all 4 years. In 2006, Matthew received the Blue Hen Sportsmanship Award which honors those scholar-athletes who are outstanding role models and display outstanding sportsmanship towards their teammates, coaches, opponents and game officials. The best jump of Matthew’s career was 4.45m (14' 07") at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship meet in 2007.