Matt Folsom joined the West Valley athletic team as the Sports Information Director in August, 2017 after 14 years in the same capacity at Sierra College in Rocklin. His responsibilities include the establishment, upgrading and maintenance of Viking social media and website, team and action photography, and public address announcing and the game-day experience.
He has been the public address voice at numerous California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championship events, including baseball, beach volleyball, men's and women's basketball, football, men's and women's soccer, softball, volleyball and men's and women's water polo. Matt has been a PA voice of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) football and boys' and girls' basketball championships since 2009 and the CCS baseball playoffs since 2018. He has been a game-day announcer at Cal St-Monterey Bay, Sacramento St., William Jessup University, the Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Championships and the Sacramento Capitals World Team Tennis franchise. Matt has been the regular PA announcer/musical coordinator for the San Jose St. men's and women's water polo teams since 2017.
He is proud to be the voice of the Sacramento Optimists High School All-Star Classics - baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls volleyball, and football - since 2005, and has been the PA announcer for the Kendall Arnett boys basketball tournament - the longest-running high school tournament west of the Mississippi - at Placer High School in Auburn since 2005. He has been a play-by-play announcer at KAHI radio in Auburn, CA, CoachesAid.com and SocCalCollegeSports.com and has been a sportswriter for Gold Country Media in the Sacramento area. Matt's photographs have been published in the Auburn Journal, the Sacramento Bee, Wrestling USA magazine, Swimming World magazine, Oklahoma University football's Sooner Spectator magazine and Florida University athletics' Gator Bait magazine.
He was the 2019 recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College Grant Burger Media Award for outstanding volleyball media coverage. Matt recieved the Sierra College Staff Recognition Award in 2007 and was named the Barnes and Noble College Booksellers national Campus Outreach Award winner in 2008. He was inducted into the Sierra College Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020.
Matt grew up in Littleton, CO and played basketball and baseball at Tabor College in Kansas, Metro St. University in Denver and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO, before graduating from Humboldt St. in 1981. He went to his first Denver Bronco game in 1961 and has been a fan ever since. Matt attended hundreds of Denver Rocket/Denver Nugget ABA and NBA games and has fond memories of watching Dr. J, Bobby Jones, Dan Issel, David Thompson, Spencer Haywood, Mel Daniels and numerous other 1960's and '70's basketball icons. Matt and his wife Karen were married in 1983 and live on the Westside in Santa Cruz. They have three adult children: Kaleigh, Natalie and Beau.