My name is Matt Smith and I am submitting this candidate profile for the open Board Director position with Burke Athletic Club.
A native of California, I attended the United States Coast Guard Academy after high school where I was a three-year starter on the varsity soccer team, and a captain of the varsity baseball team. My twenty year Coast Guard career has taken me to assignments in Boston, Louisiana, the Tidewater region, Seattle and now Washington D.C. where I am set to retire this summer.
My wife Libby and I were married in 2011 and have three sons and a daughter. Our three boys all participate in BAC’s soccer programs and our daughter is gearing up for her first season this Fall. This is my eighth season as a volunteer with BAC during which time I’ve coached 21 soccer teams ranging from U5 through U12, and I also serve as Age Group Coordinator for BAC’s U7/8, U9/10 and U11/12 Boys Rec Soccer programs.
I feel incredibly lucky to have landed with this club and its positive and inclusive atmosphere. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities my children have had with BAC, and they’ve certainly thrived here. I’m applying for the open Board Director position so I can help BAC continue to provide a top tier service to our community and, as someone whose family has benefitted first hand from our time with the club, help provide other families with a similar experience. I believe I’d be a tremendous asset to the Board in this regard, and I thank you in advance for your consideration.
As a board member, I would like to represent the values the club has shown me as a positive organization within the community. To me, Burke Rec Soccer is at its best when the volunteer members not only contribute their time, but also their love of sport, community and family. I hope to represent these values as a member of the board.
Luanne was the original commissioner of BAC Field Hockey which began in the Spring of 2010. Her daughters played soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey with our programs, dating back to the early 2000s! When she's not on our fields or watching college field hockey, she can be found running Olio2go, an Italian specialty foods ecommerce business.