A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 2000, active in football, basketball, baseball and track, earning ten letters in his twelve sporting seasons, particpating all four year in each sport.
Matt was All Conference Honorable Mention on offense and Second Team All Conference on defensive as a junior in football. As a senior, he was First Team All Conference both on offense and defense, Most Valuable Team Player, Lumberjack Conference Player of the Year, on the All Region Team as a defensive back, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Honorable Mention All State defensive back, and Associated Press Third Team All-State as a defensive back. Matt capped off his prep football career when he was selected to play in the Wisconsin All-Star football game in Australia. In basketball, Matt was selected as team captain and he was defensive player of the year as a senior.
Success came in a big way for Matt in track. As a sophomore, he was All Conference Honorable Mention in the pole vault. In his junior year, Matt was regional champion in the pole vault and selected as the teams’ outstanding field person. Honors continued his senior year as he was selected team captain, voted the teams Most Valuable Player, outstanding field person, as well as receiving the Leadership Award. He was a First Team All Conference athlete as a member of the 400m Relay Team with his brother B.J. Farmer and Second Team All Conference in the pole vault. In addition, he was a regional and sectional champion in the pole vault and he placed eighth at state. Matt was also selected as the winner of the Gary Kuntz Outstanding Male Athlete Award.
Matt attended UW-River Falls graduating in 2004. At UW-River Falls Matt played football all four years and earned four letters. Special awards included 2002 WIAC Special Teams Player of the Week, 2003 WIAC Defensive Player of the Week, and 2004 UW-River Falls Special Team Player of the Year. He was also the team’s second leading tackler as a junior and senior. Following his senior year he came back to Tomahawk and coached the Hatchet Freshman Football team alongside his dad, Joe Farmer.
Presently, Matt is employed by Cascadia Adventure Education School. He owns and manages a web design business called Natural Designs, and he is the lead vocalist and mandolin player in a progressive bluegrass band called “Shed Shakers”.