Matt Oliver returns to the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers Wrestling Program for the 2016-2017 season. In preparation for this coming season, Oliver has spent his time diligently recruiting 35 student-athletes from all over the south east which include wrestlers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Alabama and Kansas. During Coach Oliver’s’ first year at Spartanburg Methodist College he coached 165-pounder Daquon Wilson all the way to the NJCAA Wrestling Championship Finals making him just the 2nd wrestler in SMC history to have wrestled in the National Finals.
Matt Oliver comes to Spartanburg Methodist College after being an assistant wrestling coach for top ranked NJCAA program, Neosho County Community College. During Oliver’s two seasons with the Panthers, Neosho saw fifteen wrestlers qualify for the NJCAA Wrestling Championship where 9 earned All-American honors, with one making it all the way to the national finals. NCCC as a team finished 5th and 8th place those two years.
Before Oliver coached at Neosho, he spent the 2012-2013 season as an assistant for NCAA Division II program Newberry College. He helped coach the Wolves to their sixth consecutive Super Region I title and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He assisted in coaching four NCAA All-Americans in addition to five Academic All-Americans.
During his time at Newberry, Oliver also worked as the Director of Wrestling Operations for the Jason Valek Season Academy where his duties included coordinating club practices for middle school and elementary wrestlers.
Oliver joined the coaching staff at Newberry after an outstanding wrestling career for the Wolves. He was a four time NCAA Division II National Qualifier earning All-American honors in 2009 with a third place finish. Oliver posted a career 118-21 record at Newberry and holds the school record for most career major decisions. A native of Toms River, New Jersey, Oliver was a New Jersey State Champion in high school at 119lbs, posting a career record of 132-12. He set a New Jersey state record his senior year for most wins in a season.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Leisure Services with a minor in Coaching from Newberry in 2012.
Oliver, an avid social media aficionado, will be overseeing the SMC Wrestling social media accounts this season in addition to his coaching duties. Oliver helped Neosho Wrestling earn a spot as one of 10 finalist for the Best of Brand Awards for their social media presence in 2013-14. If you would like to track SMC wrestling on Twitter follow them at @GoSMCwrestling.