Born and raised in Ottawa, Matt’s football career started at Colonel By Secondary and provincially with the Cumberland Panthers. He was with the Guelph Gryphons in 2005-06 as a member of the Offensive Line.
After his playing career, Matt turned in his shoulder pads for coaching and was part of the staff with the Cumberland Panthers, coaching the JV, Bantam and Junior teams. In 2009 Matt was promoted to Defensive coordinator for the Panthers JV team, a defence that included 3 future CFLers, including the Laurier Golden Hawks, Rashari Henry.
Outside of his role with the Golden Hawks, Matt is a 3rd generation Insurance Broker, and now the President of Gifford Carr Insurance Group. In the community, he is a member of the Montfort Hospital Association, LEAD Ottawa, and the Ottawa Board of Trade. Additionally, he was on the Board of Directors for the officiating program of Hockey Eastern Ontario, and was an active level 5 referee with Hockey Canada, working three National Championships.