This volleyball tournament is dedicated to Matt Hartner, a young man who loved the sport of volleyball and had a tremendous impact on the vision & growth of this tournament. His passion for volleyball started when he was just 9 years old. He grew up helping the Gresham High School VB program and the former Nike NW Juniors Volleyball Club (now Adidas NW Juniors).
Matt joined the Oregon program in 2002 as an undergraduate manager and played on the Oregon men’s club volleyball team. He graduated from Oregon in 2006 with a political science degree and a minor in business. After graduating Matt continued with the volleyball program as a graduate assistant. While Matt was always a constant with Oregon volleyball, he officially rejoined the staff for the 2009 season as a volunteer assistant & running the Oregon summer camps for 6 years. Matt returned to his roots and coached the top 18s with Adidas NW & one year as the Head Coach at Mt. Hood Community College. He became the Associate Head Coach at Gresham High School for 3 years, while continuing to grow Oregon’s annual MLK weekend tournament. With Matts passing, the event name was changed to the Matt Hartner Memorial Classic (MHM) in 2015.
Matt was a staple in the Oregon Ducks, Columbia Empire & OSAA volleyball programs for over 20 years. We cherish his contributions, involvement, and the vision he had for this great event in the Northwest , now named after him.