MEET THE COACHES:Mat Wilson.
Mat serves as Associate Athletic Director in the Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. In addition to his role managing the athletic department’s camps, Mat also coaches the varsity boys lacrosse team which captured the MHSAA Division 2 State Championship in 2013 and 2015. This past season he was selected the US Lacrosse Michigan Coach of The Year. Under Mat’s coaching and mentorship, members of the lacrosse team have gone on to play at Duke, Notre Dame, Marquette, Wesleyan and Wheaton.
At his alma mater Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, Mat served as the Assistant Athletic Director, history teacher and housemaster of the historic Athenaeum. His coaching experience included varsity boys lacrosse, varsity girls soccer, freshman boys basketball and soccer. During Mat’s time coaching at lacrosse at WRA, members of the team went on to play at Cornell, Georgetown, Colgate, Brown, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Virginia, Bucknell, Hobart, Lehigh, Fairfield, Robert Morris, UMBC, Cortland, Jacksonville, Drexel, Denison and Hofstra.
In 2005 Mat graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in History and a minor in English. Mat was a member of the Georgetown Lacrosse team, appearing in 32 games for the Hoyas. During the 2002, 2003 and 2005 seasons Georgetown was ranked as high as #3 in division 1 college lacrosse, playing in four consecutive NCAA quarterfinals.
As a student at Western Reserve Academy, Mat was a four year starter and captain of the WRA soccer and lacrosse teams. In lacrosse he was selected a High School All-American and was nominated to play in the US Lacrosse North/South game. During the 2001 season he set the record for career points and helped Western Reserve Academy capture a state championship.Colby Wilson.
Coach Colby Wilson is currently the assistant coach for Cranbrook’s Varsity lacrosse team. During his time at Cranbrook, Coach Wilson has helped guide the program to their 9th and 10th State Championship. In 2013, Coach Wilson was voted the Michigan Assistant Coach of the year. He has mentored 1 Michigan player of the year, 1 U19 Canadian National Team member, 1 Israel Nation Team member, 3 All Americans, and over 25 all state players. Cranbrook Lacrosse players have gone on to play at Duke University, University of Notre Dame, Wesleyan University, and Marquette University.
Colby played college lacrosse at Division 1 Colgate University. During his senior year, Colgate finished 8th in the country and made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. He was a member of the 3rd most efficient extra man unit and 2nd highest scoring offense in the NCAA. Coach Wilson attended Western Reserve Academy for high school, a Lacrosse power in Ohio. At WRA, he was voted All State, All Midwest, recognized as the Midwest Player of the Year, selected as a US Lacrosse All-American, and was nominated to play in the Under Armour All-American game.