Gregg Matalas is in his 13th year at the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) (www.usmmaaf.com) where he serves as the Director of Marketing / Blue & Gray. He directs the national golf tour, the Flagship Management Blue and Gray Golf Classics (www.blueandgraygolf.com), which is a major fundraising golf tour for the USMMA Department of Athletics.
In that timespan, Matalas has grown the tour from five outings, averaging 500 golfers a year, to 11 events, which average over 1,500 attendees a year. The tour stops in 11 cities all throughout the country, all throughout the year, and is supported and attended by USMMA alumni, parents, families, friends and members of the maritime industry. In just over 10 years, Matalas has helped raise well over $3 million in net proceeds for the Athletics Department.
The tour is coming off its three best years, as it saw a record 1,408 golfers in 2011 and net proceeds of $790,000 during the last two years combined. A record $420,000 of net proceeds was raised in 2013 after seeing a record average of 121 golfers per outing. Additionally, in 2012, golf legend and Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, participated in the San Francisco event. USMMA graduate Bob Featherer ’68 hosted the Hall of Famer and helped manage a campaign that generated over $60,000 in proceeds.
Along with athletic fundraising priorities, Matalas also helps maintain and enhance the marketing and communication efforts at the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation. His direction has helped streamline numerous services the AAF offers its constituents. Matalas additionally photographs and video outlines numerous AAF and Academy sponsored events.
Matalas actually returned to Kings Point in September 2003, as he was a former Sports Information Assistant during the 2000-01 academic year. His ties to the Academy lay deeper, as his grandfather, Charles, was a 1942 Kings Point graduate. Additionally, Milton Houpis ’42, a close friend of Charles, was the Godfather of Gregg’s father, Chris.
Matalas graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management. After completing internships with the Western Professional Hockey League, New York Rangers and USMMA, Matalas served as the Sports Information Director at Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) for two years. From there, he earned a Master's Degree in Media Management from Syracuse University and its renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Matalas is a native of Bridgewater, NJ, and resides in Fresh Meadows, NY.