Matt Blamey, President
Matt Blamey is current Head Coach for the Sierra Nevada Men’s Lacrosse Program in San Rafael, CA. Before signing on with SNC, Blamey served as the defensive coordinator at Dominican University and at Sonoma State University, helping lead SSU’s program to a quarterfinal appearance during the 2013 MCLA National Championship Tournament.
Prior to relocating to California, Coach Blamey spent the previous two years as the founder and head coach of the Northern Virginia Community College Men’s Lacrosse Team (NOVA), the first junior college lacrosse program in the state of Virginia. All too often Blamey witnessed many talented student-athletes graduate from high school and move on to 2-year institutions, each without the opportunity to continue playing the sport that they loved. These student-athletes were the inspiration behind the NOVA Men’s Lacrosse program and ultimately, Blamey’s passion for junior college athletics.
Prior to his time at NOVA, Blamey spent seven years as the Head Coach at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA. Blamey was recognized twice as the Liberty District Coach of the Year (’06 & ‘08) while with the South Lakes program. In 2009, Blamey had the honor of coaching South Lakes High School’s first-ever US Lacrosse High School All-America selection.
Growing up playing defense in Northern Virginia, Blamey earned multiple MVP honors as a captain for the Gar-Field high school lacrosse team. Blamey was selected First Team All-Conference three of his four years on Varsity, a two-time Virginia Commonwealth Games starter, and an All-Met nominee his senior year. After graduating in 1996, Blamey continued his playing career as a defender and long-stick midfielder with the University of Mary Washington. In addition to his on field coaching, Blamey is the former goalie for Team America, a post-collegiate men’s box lacrosse team in the Metro Area Box Lacrosse League. In 2008, Team America was successful in capturing the MABLL Senior A Championship. Currently Blamey lives with his wife and son in Cotati, CA.
Terry Armstrong, Vice President – Growth & Development
Terry Armstrong has a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Fresno, and has served in multiple capacities within the Contra Costa Community College District, predominantly in student services management, developing and implementing highly successful student services programming over his 26 years in the district. It is not surprising with such experience that he helped pioneer the first California Community College lacrosse program at Diablo Valley College in 2008, and has been referred to as the “Godfather” of California Community College lacrosse. He has been a strong advocate and supporter of efforts at other community colleges to start lacrosse programs often lending guidance and counsel to students, staff and community advocates to assist in their efforts.
The establishment of the California Junior College Lacrosse Association is a culmination of the vision that he and DVC’s charter Viking Lacrosse club members had when they commenced their program, to have a community college lacrosse league in California. Terry is very appreciative of the coaches of the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League of the MCLA, who have been tremendously supportive of the DVC program from its inception, as well as of Alhambra High School’s head coach (and Viking Lacrosse’s Public Address Announcer and webcast play-by-play man), Al Boyce who has worked tirelessly to support the creation and success of Viking Lacrosse from day one .
Mathias Armstrong, Vice President & Art Director
Mathias Armstrong was a founding member of both the Alhambra High School team in 2007 and the Diablo Valley College team in 2008. He finished his collegiate lacrosse career at San Jose State University. While in college and after completing his B.S. in Justice Studies in 2012, Mathias has coached high caliber, U15 teams in San Ramon, has been a head coach for Acalanes High School’s Frosh-Soph team and has been the Varsity Defensive Coordinator for the last three years at his alma mater, Alhambra High School. He is currently completing law school.