#WHYoming: Matt Robles

#WHYoming: Matt Robles

Welcome to our series, #WHYoming.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

For this week’s #WHYoming, I had a chance to talk with Matt Robles, the new Green River High School girls head soccer coach. Matt is a Green River native and has been playing soccer since he was 10 years old. Now the Lady Wolves will benefit from his dedication to the community and his expertise in the sport he loves.

Matt is very family and community oriented and he wouldn’t want to raise his kids or live anywhere else. He is excited to start his new position as head girls soccer coach at GRHS. Through his role as coach, he hopes to help the girls become the best student athletes they can be.

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Matt, what do you do for a living?

I work for Sweetwater County School District No. 2 in the maintenance department.

What do you enjoy about your job?

It is a good environment and I enjoy doing manual labor.

What are you most looking forward to with coaching the Green River High School girls soccer team?

I look forward to getting to know these girls and helping them to become the best student athletes that they can be.

What is your previous experience with soccer?

I played for the Green River Spurs organization from the ages 10 to 16, played for the WY Olympic Development Program 1985 team, was a three-year varsity letterman from GRHS, played at the NJCAA level with Laramie County Community College and Western Wyoming Community College,  and also coached for seven years at WWCC as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach.

How did you end up in Green River?

I was born and raised in Green River.

What do you appreciate most about our community?

It’s a small, tight-knit community where we celebrate each other’s success.

What are some of your hobbies?

Obviously soccer, DJing, being the best dance dad for my oldest daughter, and the best friend of my youngest.

If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?

Life is too short to skip dessert.

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?

My home, because I get to be there with the best people in my life.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?

Gabriel Iglesias, because I’m fluffy too.

What would you sing at karaoke?

Tequila by The Champs. It’s the only song I know all of the lyrics to…

How would your friends describe you?

That I’m a loyal friend, positive, supportive, and will always remind them to smile through it all.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments?

Coaching at the NJCAA national tournament in 2012.

What is something unique about you?

I can’t whistle, so it’s a good thing that they make them.

Why do you choose to live in Wyoming?

It’s home, no matter where I have been or where I have lived, this is the only place I’ve felt my family needed to be.