Matt Scheeline joined the PCA-Sacramento Chapter Board in March 2018. He sees positive experiences in youth athletics as a way for young people to gain self-confidence, valuable relationships, and tangible life skills in a way that may not be cultivated in the standard educational system.
Graduating with a degree in Geology from UC Davis, Matt works as a Program Director/Senior Geologist for ERM, an environmental consulting company. He is a registered Professional Geologist licensed in the state of California. The majority of his work involves site investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater at Brownfields sites prior to redevelopment.
Matt grew up in the Bay Area, which explains his love of the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and San Jose Sharks. There is no explanation for his love of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently lives in the Hollywood Park neighborhood of Sacramento with his wife Sarah and two young sons Alex and Adam. His favorite thing is to coach and/or watch his sons participate in soccer, baseball, basketball, and swimming.
What sports did you play growing up?
I grew up playing baseball, basketball, soccer, and swim team; and then just baseball and basketball when I got to high school.
What is your favorite youth sports memory from your youth playing days?
Maybe it doesn’t count as “youth” sports, but I made a full-court shot in a high school basketball game. I had it on VHS, filmed by someone’s parent with a camcorder. Also, my coach at the local basketball camp when I was a kid was Steve Lavin (who went on to coach at UCLA, St. John’s, etc), because he graduated from the same local high school.
How has playing sports as a kid helped you as an adult?
It helped me to have a level head and not get too high or too low when circumstances get crazy. Also, in different parts of my sorts life, I had to deal with playing more, or more importantly, less than other kids. This will (in the future) likely help me from getting too frustrated if my kids experience that.
What is your favorite sports movie and why?
Hoosiers. I watched it as a kid and loved it. It’s the natural David v. Goliath story and you can’t help but root for Hickory High.
What hobbies do you enjoy now as an adult?
I play in an adult basketball league, I enjoy yard work (believe it or not), and enjoy attending all of the activities my kids are involved with.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to eat massive amounts of pizza and not get sick or fat, for obvious reasons.