Matt Furrey was an exceptional basketball and baseball player. He first caught the attention of high school coaches as a basketball player in VYBA. He continued to develop his basketball skills by design; however, a leadership quality emerged as a part of Matt's character that would see Matt remain unruffled and give encouragement to his teammates.
Matt played basketball and baseball at Ventura Colelge. His basketball achievements included earning Western State Conference Honorable Mention his first year. In matt's sophomore year, he was Second Team All WSC and his basketball team finished in second, trailing only the powerful and undefeated Compton team.
In baseball during Matt's sophomore year, he was voted baseball team captain, won a Gold Glove award, and was Honorable Mention All WSC. Matt ended his athletic career at VC in 1970 by winning the prestigious Max Houlihan Award as the school's best athlete. Matt was the 15th winner of the award.
While playing basketball for Coach Jim Whalen at VC, Matt estbalished the school records in single season assits and career leader in assists, and set the single game assist record. Matt's single season assist record (207) stood until Leland "Pookie" Wigginton broke the record in 1986-87 with 294 assists. Matt remains second in career assists (407) behind TOny Walker's 472 set from 1987-89.
After VC, Matt attended the University of Corpus Christi, Texas for one year on an athletic scholarship.