Matt Porter
Matt Porter
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: Murdoch University '05

Matt Porter, who captained the Riverside Lions back in his native Australia, joined the Yale field hockey staff as assistant coach for the 2011 season. He is in the process of getting his Masters of Environmental Management degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Porter, who captained the Lions in 2009 and was named best club man in 2008, has played for more than 25 years. He has been coached by numerous former Australian national team players, including Australia's leading international goal scorer, Stephen “China” Davies. He has also played with and against some of the current and former Australian national team players.

Porter graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, with a bachelor of law degree and a bachelor of science degree in 2005. In 2006, he was one of 80 people (from a pool of 1,700 applicants) chosen as an Al Gore Climate Change Ambassador. That same year, he began working as an associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers, the largest law firm in Australia. He also began working as chairman of Carbon Neutral Ltd., one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit carbon offset providers through tree planting, in 2007.

Porter has given more than 70 talks to businesses and organizations across Australia about climate change, and has chaired/acted as master of ceremonies at numerous national conferences. He is also the founder and director of the Myaravale Music Festival.