Coach Matt Small graduated from Great Bridge High School and was an All-State wrestler at 189 lbs under coach Steve Martin. Matt attended Gloucester Community College in New Jersey and was the Mid-Atlantic Zone Conference Champion and a Junior College National Qualifier at 197 lbs and also an Academic All-American. He later attended Old Dominion University where he wrestled under Grey Simons and was a 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Runner-Up at 184 lbs, finished 2nd in the Virginia Collegiate State Tournament and was Co-Captain of the Wrestling Team. He graduated from Old Dominion University Cum Laude. Matt is also one of the Head Clinicians at the Martin’s Granby School of Wrestling and a Virginia National Freestyle Team Coach.
Matt began his coaching career in 2000 as an assistant at his alma mater, Great Bridge High, where he helped coach Great Bridge to state championships from 2000 – 2005 under Steve and Wayne Martin.
Matt spent two years as Head wrestling coach at the newly established Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia where he compiled a 33-9 dual meet record coaching 2 state champions and his team finished 4th in the 2009 AAA State Tournament in just the second year of the school’s existence.
From 2009-2011, he coached at Frank W. Cox High School and led the Cox Falcons to their first AAA State Title in 24 years. During his two years at Cox he has coached 12 state champions, 3 state finalists, 6 All-Americans and multiple state place winners.
Coach Small returned to his Alma Mater in 2011 to continue the great wrestling tradition of pride and excellence at Great Bridge High School. Great Bridge has crowned 4 Virginia State Champions under Coach Small’s leadership.