|Title:||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Football, baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's soccer)|
Matt King enters his second year on the speed, strength and conditioning staff at the University of Maine after arriving in March 2012. King was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach in the summer of 2013. Matt designs and implements the year-round speed, strength, and conditioning programs for the football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and women's soccer programs.
King was a consensus first team All-America football player at Maine playing linebacker and defensive end for the Black Bears from 2002-2006. Matt was a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award his senior year in 2006 when he lead the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. The Buck Buchanan award is presented every year to the best defensive player in the nation at the FCS level. Matt was also named team MVP, and first team All-Atlantic 10 his senior year.
After his collegiate playing career ended Matt signed NFL free agent contracts with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007, and spent time in camp with both teams. Matt has also signed contracts in the Arena Football League with the Georgia Force in 2008, the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2008), and in the now defunct AF2 with the Manchester Wolves (2009).
Prior to arriving at back at Maine, King worked for two years at Velocity Sports Performance and Premier Athlete Training in Foxboro, MA. Matt first worked as a sports performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance, then as the director of sports performance operations at Premier Athlete Training. As the director at Premier Athlete Training, Matt was involved in scheduling, outside sales, athlete recruiting, team training, individual program design, and daily business operations. King received his bachelor’s in mass communications from Maine in 2007. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified USAW Level-1 Sports Performance Club Coach. He currently resides in Bangor.