SHORT AND SWEET
Matt Trombley is the founder of 4D Performance LLC, a coaching firm specializing in total health and peak performance. Some notable accomplishments include:
- GLIAC Basketball Player of the Year
- Professional basketball player and coach in Europe
- State Championship Coach
- Worked in the fields of engineering, sales, real estate, public education and Christian ministry
- Helped thousands through mentoring, coaching, teaching and pastoring
Matt has completed three Master’s degrees, has given well over 500 presentations to teams and organizations and was inducted into the Michigan Tech Hall of Fame.
He resides in St. Clair Shores, Michigan with his lovely wife, Jaime, their two children, Elli and Ethan, and their Brittany Spaniel, Milli. He enjoys, fishing, basketball, duck hunting, and golf, in that order.
LONG BUT INTERESTING
I grew up all over Michigan and attended six different schools. Since we did not have much money, I learned to entertain myself with sports. I played basketball, football and baseball. Sports was my foundation for understanding the value of discipline. Every coach taught me the fundamentals of the game. These fundamentals were basic disciplines that when practiced over and over led to high performance in games. Thankfully, I also had great parents that led by example with self-discipline and a strong work-ethic.
Although I love many sports, basketball became my passion in high school. I was only an average player until I moved near a popular playground with endless basketball games and competition. I played at the legendary Kyte Monroe almost every day until it was so dark we couldn’t see the rim. I competed against guys that were more talented than me, but that made me a better player. The other key to my growth in high school was my coach. He is a Hall of Famer that instilled many disciplines into our team and for three years under his coaching, I learned, I trained and I excelled.
Upon high school graduation, I was offered a scholarship to play college basketball at Michigan Technological University. I knew MTU would give me a great education and the ability to keep competing at a high level. With my new coaches came new disciplines. I eventually became a prolific scorer and finished my career with the highest individual honor. I was voted Player of the Year in our league. Later in 2010, I was inducted into the MTU Hall of Fame.
After college I signed a contract to play professionally in Denmark as a player and a coach. It was there that I fell in love with coaching. I loved the challenge of teaching younger players the same disciplines that I was taught for many years. When I returned from Denmark I began coaching at the high school level. I knew I had a great deal to learn so I teamed up with another Hall of Fame coach. Together, we enjoyed many years of success. In 2005, our boy’s team went to the final four and in 2008, our girl’s team won the State Championship. Our success was a direct result of the many disciplines we taught daily. Between girls and boys, I have coached over twenty seasons of basketball.
At Michigan Tech I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. This degree has helped me in many ways. For example, engineers often think about solutions logically and systematically. I solve problems by breaking them down into small parts. Then, I create a step-by-step process for success.
My first Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling and Psychology resulted from my newly found faith in Jesus Christ and my love for coaching. I wanted to grow in my faith and be able to help my basketball players. After I finished the core classes, I wrote my thesis on how to peak perform under pressure as an adolescent athlete. What I learned is the foundation for 4D Performance LLC. I also learned a great deal from my mentor at the time, Dr. Terry Lyles, who is known as the “Stress Doctor.” He trains people all over the world using many of the same disciplines I teach.
My second Master’s degree is in teaching. I have been a high school math teacher for over fourteen years. My final project was how to engage all students in the classroom. Not surprisingly, few people like math. Therefore, it is a challenge to engage every student. I have found the best approach is to build relationships because people do not care what you know until they know that you care. My rapport with my students has always been my largest strength.
My third Master’s degree is in Divinity. It is a lengthy program for Pastor’s called seminary. It took incredible discipline to work through each class and graduate while pastoring a church near my home. I am so thankful to have pastored over eleven years at Life of Purpose Church for some wonderfully, genuine people. My final work for this degree was to develop an introductory class to Christianity and teach it to all new members. It is a very thorough class that helps new Christians understand their role in God’s church, the body of Christ.
I am often asked by people, “How do you do it? How do you coach, teach, pastor, raise a family and still go fishing all the time?” I often wonder that myself. I actually have a picture on my desk of me juggling some bean bags at a family party. It makes me laugh when I see it because that is how I often feel about all these roles of leadership. I am constantly juggling responsibilities. This is why my daily disciplines are so important. They allow me to succeed and maintain balance in life.
Because of my experiences and education, I know that I can help many people. I have been doing it for years. I love coaching. I love helping others reach their goals and achieve success. This is why I began this business of coaching. I know that it takes incredible discipline to make personal changes. Most people cannot do it on their own. They need guidance and accountability. This is what I do best. I help people peak perform. My overall purpose in life is to inspire others to do great things.