Matt Larsen is in his 19th year on the Stony Brook Department of Athletics staff and currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, a position he was promoted to in August 2008. A member of the senior management team, Larsen assists the Director of Athletics in establishing short and long term goals for the department, which includes strategic planning, policy development, revenue generation, sport oversight and facilties & budget management. He has been a part of Stony Brook's rapid ascent in intercollegiate athletics from the department's transition to Div. I to becoming one of the top athletics programs in the Northeast Region.
Larsen serves as the Department of Athletics Chief Financial Officer and has direct oversight of the annual development and fiscal management of the department operating budget, which has seen an increase of 40% from 2003 to 2013. He was instrumental in developing the department's five-year plan to incorporate football scholarships at the FCS level as well as numerous women's scholarship upgrades. He also has overseen $35 million worth of facility improvements and capital projects over the last 10 years, including direct management of the $22 million Stony Brook Arena renovation project, which is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2014.
Larsen also provides oversight to the Office of External Services, which consists of the advancement, communications, corporate sponsorship, marketing and ticketing departments. He is responsible for overseeing the development of annual plans for annual giving, major gifts and corporate sponsorships. He has played a key role in some of the largest donations to Stony Brook Athletics, including the $500,000 gift from MLB All-Star Joe Nathan '97 that helped build the baseball program's Joe Nathan Field and the $4.5 million gift from Glenn Dubin '78 that built the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center. He also successfully has developed new revenue streams for the department, including the basketball preferred seating program, football parking program, the planned implementation of the Stony Brook Athletics Fund and the contact for outbound ticket sales that resulted in a 100 percent increase in ticket revenue and commensurate growth in attendance for football and men's basketball games.
In addition, Larsen is responsible for varsity sport program oversight for the football, baseball, men's lacrosse, women's soccer and men's and women's cross country/track and field programs. All of the sports have achieved a great amount of success; the baseball team went to the College World Series in 2012 and has won three America East championships in five years; the football team won four consecutive conference championships and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Div. I Football Championship in 2011 and 2012; the men's lacrosse team reached the NCAA Championship quarterfinals in 2010; the women's cross country team captured six consecutive America East championships from 2007-12 and finished seventh in the nation in 2010; and women's track & field star Lucy Van Dalen won the indoor mile at the 2012 NCAA Championship, delivering Stony Brook's first-ever national championship.
Larsen also serves as the primary liaison with the Human Resources department and is directly responsible for all personnel related issues including search and hiring processes, as well as, performance reviews for all coaches and staff, and ensuring compliance with all state, university and union guidelines.
In December of 1999, Larsen created the Summer Camp program at Stony Brook, a day camp that has seen enrollment growth to nearly 2,500 since its inception in 2000. This program provides annual scholarship support to the Department of Athletics.
In addition to his daily responsibilities, Larsen has been active in committees not only on campus, but also at the conference level. He has served as chair for multiple coaching job searches, including the search for a men's lacrosse head coach in 2011, women's lacrosse head coach in 2005 and men's soccer head coaches in 2003 and 2011. He is actively serving on the Human Resource Services Quality Control Board and is a non-voting member on the Intercollegiate Athletics Board and was a six-year member on the President's Council on Diversity and Affirmative Action. He is currently on the America East Conference Athletics Directors Council and the Championship and Competition Cabinet and also is serving as a management consulting team member for Carr Sports Consulting Inc.
Larsen is a 1996 graduate of Stony Brook, earning a B.S. in Biology. As an undergraduate at Stony Brook, Larsen was a standout student-athlete as a three-year starter at wide receiver for the football team, earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior in 1995.
After graduation, he continued his education at Stony Brook, earning his Master of Arts & Liberal Studies in 1998 while serving as a graduate assistant coach for the football program and athletic facilities. He also has participated in the Sports Management Institute's Executive Program.
Larsen and his wife, Kristen, currently reside in Rocky Point with their three children Emily, Matthew, and Rylee.