Mike Matter joined the SVSU Swimming and Diving coaching staff as its first-ever Diving Coach. He is entering his fourth season.
The Women’s Diving Team and the Men’s Diving Team both continued to impress under Matter’s coaching during the 2016-17 season. Matter coached one diver to an early season qualifier for the NCAA Championship Dive-in meet, and later in the season, to the title of GLIAC Swim and Dive athlete of the week. The Diving team completed the season with a strong showing at the GLIAC Championship meet, and contributed to the teams’ overall 4th place showing.
The 2015-16 season was strong for the 2nd year Women’s Diving Team and first year Men’s Team. Matter coached one male diver and 2 female divers to the NCAA Division II Dive-in meet, and two divers went on to qualify for the NCAA Championship. Matter’s divers also contributed to the teams’ GLIAC academic excellence honors and CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors.
The Lady Cardinal Divers also saw much success in 2014-15. Matter coached one of his 3 divers all the way to the NCAA Division II Dive-in meet, where they had the chance to qualify to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Matter, a resident of Saginaw, Mich., has a long list of accomplishments as a distinguished member of the local swimming & diving community dating back 31 years.
He was most recently the Varsity Diving Coach at Saginaw Heritage High School and White Pine Middle School, a position that he held from 2002-2013. Prior to the diving position, he held the title of Boys Varsity Swimming & Diving Coach at Heritage during the years 2002-09 and Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving Coach from 2006-09.
Matter served as the Swimming & Diving Coach at Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School for 12 years, along with coaching stints at the Saginaw YMCA (1972-74, 86-94), St. Stephen's High School (1977-81), Bay City Central High School (1975-76), and South Junior High School (1973-74).
Mike has earned numerous honors over the span of his coaching career as well. He was the 2006 Saginaw Valley Girls and Boys "Coach of the Year." Matter has been named the MISCA Zone 8 Girls "Coach of the Year" (2006), MISCA Regional "Coach of the Year" (2001, 1999) and coached a 1998 team that was recognized as the MISCA Academic All-State Champion with a team GPA of 3.77.
He has coached swimmers to eight individual state championships, one all-american honor, and has had 20 divers who have competed in Sate Finals competition. He has coached a pair of divers to all-american honors.
A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he was a captain of the men's varsity swimming team that he competed on from 1967-71. He served as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach one season at Northern before graduating with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in January of 1972. Matter was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Chris Hamstra joined the SVSU Women’s Swimming and Diving coaching staff for the program’s inaugural 2014-15 season as the team’s Assistant Coach. He is entering his fourth season.
Both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving programs continued their upward climb during the 2016-17 season. The women placed 4th at the GLIAC Championship, with a record setting 438 points. The men improved to a 4th place finish (up from 6th during the 2015-16 season) with 354 points. Hamstra assisted in qualifying five swimmers and four relay teams for competition at the NCAA Division II National Championship. There, the team earned 32 points for a 25th place finish overall. At season’s end, almost half the team earned academic honors from the CSCAA and/or GLIAC.
The 2015-16 season was a success for both the second season women’s and first season men’s teams. Their dual meet record was 7 Wins, 2 Losses. At the GLIAC Championship Meet, Hamstra effectively coached several swimmers to personal or season best times. He also assisted three swimmers to qualify to compete at NCAA Division II Nationals.
The 2014-15 inaugural season got off to a strong start for the Lady Cardinals, as Hamstra assisted the team to 7 in-a-row victories in dual meets. The team ended the season with 7 Wins, 3 Losses, and placed 8th at the GLIAC Championship meet.
Hamstra comes to Saginaw Valley after being the head coach of the West Michigan Swimmers, a USA club in Zeeland, Mich. He also served as the Assistant Pool Manager for the Swimmers.
Prior to serving as the head coach of the Swimmers, Hamstra was the Head Coach and Aquatics Director at Alma College from 2007-2013.
During his time at Alma, the Scots broke 40 school records and had more than 125 all-time top-10 performances. He coached two Division III All-Americans, five all-conference swimmers and one Conference "Diver of the Year." He recently had a student-athlete earn individual Academic All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2013. He stressed academics to his team and his student-athletes were ranked seventh in Women's Team GPA in all of NCAA Division III for the 2009-10 season. Hamstra also served on the Hall of Fame Committee during his time with the Scots.
Hamstra has also served as the Assistant Coach at Hope College (2006-07), where he assisted in coaching multiple all-american student-athletes and guided several student-athletes to national qualifying performances.
He is a 2004 graduate of Hope College, where he was an all-american swimmer while getting his bachelor's degree in Accounting. Chris currently resides in Alma with his wife, Caitlin. The couple is expecting their first child in early September.