Graduate Student Spotlight: Matt Delmartini MA '18

Matt DeMartini

After receiving his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Recreation Management from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2016, Matt Delmartini MA ‘18, returned to the SMC campus to continue his pursuit of becoming a high school or collegiate athletic director.

“I knew I needed a master's degree if I wanted to be an athletic director, and I chose SMC because I had an awesome experience here as an undergraduate student. The small class sizes allow us to network and create tighter relationships, while receiving more one-on-one interaction and guidance from our professors. I also really enjoy the small community feel on campus, as well as the location. Pursuing my master’s degree at SMC provides so many different opportunities within the Bay Area and the sport management field.”

Utilizing his experiences as a former high school student-athlete and collegiate intramurals player, Matt’s passion for assisting individuals in reaching their goals has become the focal point of his career aspiration.

“I really enjoy working with high school student-athletes and watching them grow academically and athletically. They all have aspirations of participating in college athletics, so I take pride in helping them use sport as a vehicle for self-growth and an avenue to reach their personal goals.”

Since joining the SMC community, Matt has worked in multiple positions, ranging from high school, college, and professional sports, to parks and community services. In one of his current roles, Matt serves the City of Dublin as a Program Specialist, where he coordinates city events such as Bat Busters Tee Ball and Junior Warriors Summer/Winter basketball leagues.

“I enjoy being able to connect with the entire community by offering programs to children and adults that foster unity, relationship building, excitement, and an opportunity to grow as individuals.”

This past summer, Matt began working as an Athletic Department Intern for De La Salle High School in Concord, California, where he gains hands-on experience with gameday operations, ticket sales, and crowd management for the nationally ranked Spartan football program.

When reflecting on his experiences over the past year with the SMC Graduate Kinesiology program, Matt shares that, “I think the most important aspect I have learned from the program is the importance of relationship building and networking. In any position within the sport management sector, it is crucial to continue making connections and building a strong support base because it may ultimately lead to a life-changing job or opportunity.”