director of operations
Matt joined the Lander coaching staff as its pitching coach in September 2013. A native of Chesterfield County, Va., Laney earned a baseball scholarship to East Carolina University following his high school graduation in 2007. During the summer of 2008 Matt pitched for the Petersburg Generals, a member of the Coastal Plains League. Matt chose to transfer before his sophomore year to Miami Dade College, where he started and relieved for The Sharks. In 2009 he was selected to participate in The Florida Junior College All-Star Game in Winter Haven, Florida. After receiving his associate degree, Matt was selected by The Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 Amateur Draft. He chose not to sign with The Phillies and spent the summer of 2009 pitching for The Luray Wranglers of the Valley League of Virginia.
In the fall of 2009, Matt accepted a scholarship to Coastal Carolina University and pitched as a starter and reliever for two seasons. During his two years at Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers won two Big South League Championships and Matt pitched in two regionals and one super regional game. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science from Coastal Carolina, Matt signed a professional contract with The Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched for The Dodgers for two years at three minor league levels. While pitching for the AZL League, Matt pitched and won a semi-final play off game against the AZL Texas Rangers earning his 4th championship ring.
When released by The Dodgers in early 2013, Matt returned to Myrtle Beach and worked as a private pitching instructor. Matt also worked for The Baseball Factory, evaluating talent, recruiting, organizing and instructing baseball camps. Matt is the son of Robert and Rebecca Laney of Chester, Virginia.