In his second year as head coach, Matt Sorensen brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and success as both a coach and former player to the GV baseball program.
Coach Sorensen has a plan to establish a successful program here at Golden Valley while fostering a positive and winning culture. The entire GV coaching staff's mission is to maximize each student-athlete's potential while instilling the core values of integrity, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
As an athlete, he excelled as a two-sport star in baseball and football. During his high school career at Warren High in Downey, he was named the high school’s “Athlete of the Year” and was selected First Team All-League three times in two sports. He was also named to the All-CIF First Team, First Team Press Telegram Dream Team, and selected as the San Gabriel Valley League's Most Valuable Player. In baseball, he helped Warren High to two consecutive league championships as a junior and senior.
In college, he continued to play both baseball and football at Cerritos College (1996-98). He was the starting quarterback and team captain of the Falcon’s football team earning first team All-Conference honors. On the baseball mound, in his second year at Cerritos, he went 12-1 under head coach Ken Gaylord. He earned first team All-American honors, first team All-State, and was named the Mission Conference pitcher of the year. While offered numerous division I scholarships in both football and baseball, he chose to play baseball at Cal State Fullerton and study communications.
At CSUF, he played under head coach George Horton and in two seasons as a pitcher, he went a remarkable 17-0, a record which still stands today. His 12-0 mark as a sophomore earned him first team All-Big West Conference honors in 1999. The Titans advanced to the College World Series but were eliminated. However, Matt captured their only win against the #1 ranked offense in the country, Texas A&M, pitching 8.1 innings. Over his four year collegiate career (including one year at Oklahoma University), he amassed a total of 29 wins against only 5 losses as a starting pitcher.
He was also drafted twice by the Toronto Blue Jays - first in 1998 and again in 2000. Both times, he opted instead to continue his collegiate career and complete his education.
After his playing days were over, he transitioned into coaching, utilizing the knowledge and experiences he had gained as a player. He was also extremely fortunate to have been coached by some of the best coaches in college baseball in George Horton (CSUF, Oregon), Dave Serrano (UCI, CSUF, Tennessee), and Rick Vanderhook (CSUF). As a high school baseball coach, he has over 12 years of experience with head coaching stints at Estancia, Brea Olinda, and Cathedral City. He has also served as the varsity pitching coach for Newport Harbor and Edgewood High School.
Some highlights from his high school coaching career include taking three different schools, over five consecutive seasons, to the CIF playoffs. He helped transform Estancia High School from worst to first in the Orange Coast League in only three years. In 2010, Estancia won the Orange Coast League Championship after a 21 year drought. In two seasons at Brea Olinda (2012-13), he compiled just the programs 2nd and 3rd winning seasons in the previous nine. And as a former pitcher, he has produced at least one all-league pitcher every year he has coached.
In addition to high school coaching, he has over 10 years of experience coaching travel ball teams with Blue Wave Baseball, based out of Irvine. In particular, he has coached several highly successful Blue Wave 18U Connie Mack teams which have won multiple championships. He continues to serve as Blue Wave guest coach each summer and assists in promoting players to collegiate programs. He is highly popular with both players and parents and is well respected by college coaches around the country for his ability to develop players into college-ready ballplayers.
One of his greatest accomplishment in coaching over the years is the over 100 former high school and club players that have gone on to play college and professional baseball, many of them as a direct result of his personal connections and recommendations.
Mr. Sorensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Oklahoma in Sociology, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from National University in Social Science.
Mr. Sorensen is a full-time Social Science teacher at GVHS and lives with his family in Santa Clarita.