Prior to joining WBA's staff as a pitching instructor and assistant coach. Matt recently finished his degree in Geography/Environmental Science at University of California, Los Angeles.
“We are very fortunate to have Matt on our staff. He is a great communicator and has a consistent, positive approach with our players, parents, and coaching staff. His high school and college playing experience, along with his knowledge of the game will definitely help the development of our players.”- Matt Walbeck
Matt grew up in Davis, CA. and excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field where he was a three-year baseball letter winner for the, Davis Blue Devils.
2012 Underclass honorable mention selection
2013 Perfect Game All-American - Third-Team
2013 All-Nor-Cal first team selection
2013 All-State second team selection
2013 Delta Valley Conference Player of the Year
2013 Perfect Game WWBA 18U Championship, All Tournament
2013 Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA. - Oakland A’s Scout Team
2013 Third-Team Perfect Game Underclass All-American
2014 Matt graduated from Davis High School in 2014, where he earned many outstanding accolades, including:
2014 Sacramento Bee Metro Player of the Year
2014 Perfect Game All-Region first team selection
2014 All-State first team selection
2014 Max Prep’s California Large Schools All-State Baseball first team selection
2014 Davis High School Male Athlete of the Year
2014 Perfect Game USA’s list No. 298 of Top 500 High School prospects
2014 Led the Davis Blue Devils to the CIF Sac Jaoquin Section Division I Championship
After a stand out Sophomore year off high school, Matt had verbally committed to pitch at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the summer of 2014 after Matt had graduated high school, UCLA sent him to play in the West Coast League for the Yakima Valley Pippins. Matt finished the summer with a 2-0 record, posting a 3.68 ERA in 10 games. He allowed only 9 earned runs in 22 innings. Matt helped the Pippins finish in first place in the West Coast League’s East Division.
In 2015 Matt appeared in four games for the Bruins, pitching 3.1 innings holding his opponents to a .167 batting average. Matt had held his opponents scoreless in three of his four appearances.
February 13th, Matt made his debut against Hofstra where he struck one out to close out the game. Matt had struck out a season high of three batters over 1.1 innings of relief against the number one ranked team in the nation, Vanderbilt on March 6.
Matt’s baseball career with UCLA ended after an unfortunate career ending shoulder injury early into his freshman season with the Bruins. Despite not being able to play anymore, Matt spent the next two seasons observing and learning from the Bruins practices and games. Matt is more than happy to share his knowledge and experience of pitching to help better prepare others.
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