“Coach Matt really inspired me to have a better work ethic.” — Callie Copeland, PGC Grad
Matt Sayman is currently serving as the head boys basketball coach at Grapevine Faith High School. Matt recently released his book titled, The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor & Beyond, describing his journey to college athletics. It’s a remarkable story of personal loss, tragedy and perseverance through his senior season at Baylor University.
Matt’s teams at Grapevine Faith High School have become well known for their offensive accomplishments, including leading the the nation in 3-point field goals made each of the last two years.
Matt was a three-year letterman at The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas, where he played under head coach Tommy Thomas. He was also a two-year Team MVP, elected Honorable Mention All-USA by USA Today, and a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior. He was the ninth-ranked recruit in the state by Texas Hoops and also received District 5-5A MVP following a stellar senior season. Other high school accolades include being selected Second-Team All-State and First-Team All-Region 1 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
After his high school career, Matt signed a scholarship with Baylor University where he played all four years. He was a valuable member of his college team and contributed in many ways both on and off the court. While playing at Baylor, he set the record for the most games played in Baylor history – 118 games.
After college, Matt played professionally in Iceland, winning the Icelandic championship for Njardvik in 2005.
Matt lives in Keller, Texas, with his wife, Jana, and their two sons, Landon (10) and Cade (8).
His life motto is “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” You can stay connected with Matt on Twitter and Instagram at @TLsayman.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT matt
“I learned a lot from this camp. Ive gone to other type of camps and they did nothing but bring us down, so im really glad all of the coaches at PGC were very nice and focused on bringing us up with encouragement instead of down.”
– Erin Givilancz, PGC Grad
“Matt is incredibly engaging and fun to be around. Great example of good shooter, very good at describing and exemplifying a good mindset.”
– Ryan Bowen