Class of 2006
King’s High School’s basketball program, renowned for its outstanding coaching, strong values and recurring appearances at the state championship, has also been known for graduating players who go on to play competitively in college. For the past decade, King’s alum Matt McKay has been representing the legacy of King’s basketball on and off the court.
Matt only joined the King’s community with two years of high school remaining, but the impact of those short years have resonated throughout his life. As a transfer from Edmonds-Woodway High School coming into junior year, Matt wasted no time getting involved. He quickly became a regular volunteer with KKC and a Link Crew member, but his most prized memories reside with his time on the basketball team.
In 2006, when Matt was a senior, the Knights had a shot at the state championship. “Even though we lost the game, our run at the end of the season was pretty special and something I’ll never forget,” Matt shared in an email. Since then, the King’s men’s basketball team has been to state five times, winning the title the last two years in a row.
Off the court, Matt was heavily influenced by his tutor, Mr. Inouye, who developed not only his learning, but his whole personhood. “He was an incredible positive influence on me and my learning. What an incredible individual,” Matt said. Matt fondly remembers classes taught by Mr. Stueckle and Mrs. Gracie, as well.
After graduating from King’s in 2006, Matt worked toward a career in basketball while earning his undergraduate degree, a journey that took him from one side of the country to the other. He spent time in Santa Barbara, CA and Boston, MA before transferring to the University of Washington and completing his bachelor’s in English in 2011. He quickly followed up with a masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership just one year later.
While at the University of Washington, Matt applied the legacy of integrity, service and teamwork learned as a Knight working for the Huskies’ Men’s Basketball team. In 2012, he landed an internship in the scouting department with the Portland Trail Blazers. Matt’s talent was recognized wherever he went: two seasons in Rip City led to three years with the Charlotte Hornets. Matt recently relocated back to the west coast as a college scout for North Carolina and is now based in Portland, Oregon.
Matt’s advice for this year’s King’s seniors comes from by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s widely-translated work The Alchemist: “We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”