Since beginning his hockey career at a very young age, Coach Matt Reid has known one thing for certain: Hockey is more than just a game. It's a way of life.
From the day he stepped foot on the ice at 3 years old, Matt Reid quickly showed a natural talent for skating and a love for the game of hockey. Proving to be a top player in his hometown of Massena, NY, Matt won a Division I state championship his first year at Massena HS and shined as a star forward at Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, NY. Matt had the honor of playing in Germany and Japan for the US National U-16 and U-17 teams as well as accepted a full scholarship to play for Clarkson University's Golden Knights (NCAA-DI), becoming ECAC Champions in 1999.
Matt's professional playing career continued when he was contracted by the Washington Capitols organization to play for the AHL's Portland Pirates and Hershey Bears as well as the ECHL's Pee Dee Pride and South Carolina Stingrays. Ending his playing career in the Netherlands with 08/09 Dutch Champion's HYS The Hague, Matt was a part of 4 championship teams, received numerous team MVP and Offensive awards, and was coached by several current NHL coaches . Matt attributes much of his playing success to his former coaches and fellow teammates turned life-long friends to include NHL and Stanley Cup winners Erik Cole, Willie Mitchell, Derek Lalonde, and Jared Bednar.
Shortly after completing his 9 year professional career, Matt settled down in Charleston, SC and discovered his love for not on playing hockey but also coaching. Coaching at the youth and high-school levels, Matt quickly built his reputation as a top coach in the area and was named SC Coach of the Year for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2017/2018.
In early 2018, Matt moved with his wife and two dogs to Maryland accepting a position as Team Maryland's Director of Skill Development and Head Coach of the AAA U16 team, taking his players all the way to becoming the 2018 AYHL Champions! Presently Coach Reid is in his fourth season with Team Maryland.
Since establishing Reider Hockey, LLC in 2019, Coach Matt has committed to providing consistent and high quality skill and player development services to his clients. From this place of passion and dedication, Reider Hockey has quickly become a staple in the DMV area for players wanting to refine their hockey skills and progress to higher and higher levels.