Matt Vespa enters his first year on the Lakeland Men's Basketball coaching staff and his first year coaching basketball at the college level.
Previously, Vespa was head coach at Kenston High School and held an overall record of 44-27 during his three years leading the program. During his time at Kenston, Vespa helped guide several players to play college basketball at Walsh University, Notre Dame College and Baldwin Wallace University. During the 2016-17 season, Vespa led Kenston to a sectional championship.
Before his time at Kenston, Vespa led the Geneva Eagles for two seasons, helping the team set a record for single-season wins in the last 10 years.
Prior to coach, Vespa was an all-conference and all-academic player at Eastlake North High School. After high school, Vespa played at Lake Erie College under coach Cliff Hunt. Vespa was part of two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship teams and participated in two NCAA Division III National Tournaments.
Vespa is a USA Basketball Certified coach and has been featured in basketball clinics internationally.
Vespa holds a bachelor's degree in special education from Notre Dame College as well as a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University. He is currently a special education teacher at Willoughby South High School and lives in Willowick with his wife Megan and 4-year-old daughter Isabella.