Class of 2006
A two-time first team All- American, Matt Surette is one of the most celebrated football players of all time at WPI.
The native of nearby Spencer certainly made his mark on the WPI record book. He holds virtually every receiving record at the university, including career standards in catches (165), receiving yards (2,588), and touchdown receptions (26).
He had arguably the greatest single offensive performance in the 116 years of WPI football when he hauled in an eye-popping 17 catches for 362 yards (both NCAA Division III single-game records) and four touchdowns versus Springfield in 1997. The game highlighted a junior campaign that saw Matt set the Engineers' single-season records in receptions (75), receiving yards (1,287), and touchdown catches (16).
Following that magical season, the awards poured in for Matt. He was named to the Freedom Football Conference first team, the Worcester Area first team, the Worcester Area Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-New England, first team All-ECAC, first team Don Hansen All-American, first team Hewlett-Packard All-American. He also appeared in Sports Illustrated in the "Faces in the Crowd" section (Dec. 29, 1997). His mark of 75 receptions and 1,287 yards led all tight ends in NCAA Division III.
"Matt was the best offensive end we've ever had at WPI," says Hall of Fame coach and former longtime football assistant Merl Norcross. "He was the guy that kept the offense moving."
Matt Surette followed his record-setting junior season with a stellar senior campaign in 1998. He was named a preseason All-American by Street & Smith's, The Sporting News, Preview Sports, the American Football Coaches Association, and Don Hansen's Football Gazette.
He proved worthy of all the honors as he nabbed 57 passes, tied for second most in school history, while netting 898 receiving yards, fifth-most in a single season at WPI. For his efforts, he was the Freedom Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year, a Worcester Area Football Association first team, an All-New England first team, an AFCA All-American, a second team Hewlett-Packard All-American, and a second team Don Hansen All-American.
Since his graduation, Matt's been an industrial engineer for UPS, an account manager for Arrow Electronics, and is currently advertising manager for AutoTrader.com. He has played for the semi-pro football team Clinton Irish Blizzard in 2005 and 2006.