Matthew Stout, UAHS Class of 1990 and 2015 Upper Arlington Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus
Notable achievements at UAHS
Matt is one of just two Upper Arlington High School students to qualify for the OHSAA state wrestling tournament four years in a row, finishing as the state runner up in 1989. He also earned letters in both cross country and wrestling all four years of high school. In 1990 he was named the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division Wrestler of the Year and graduated from UAHS with magna cum laude distinction.
College and career experience
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan where he also lettered in wrestling three times and served as a team captain. Matt went on to earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1999. He is now a partner at Bricker & Eckler, LLP and specializes in public finance transactions, primarily assisting local governments such as school districts, municipalities, and counties with the issuance of debt to finance capital projects. Matt also serves as the head wrestling coach for Upper Arlington High School and was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Upper Arlington Alumni Association this year – an honor he shares with UAHS classmate and UA Schools Treasurer/CFO Andrew Geistfeld.
How did UA Schools prepare him for success?
“Upper Arlington City Schools laid the groundwork for my success in my legal career. Strong writing and oral communication skills are critical to being successful as a lawyer. When I was at Michigan and in the OSU law/MBA program, I found that my writing and speaking skills were stronger than the majority of my fellow classmates. I credit that to the education I received in the Upper Arlington City Schools. In addition, my time in athletics and specifically in wrestling, prepared me for the real world challenges of life. Wrestling requires discipline, hard work, and perseverance. All of these traits are required to succeed in the real world. More simply put, wrestling teaches you to get off your back and you have to get off of your back a lot in life.”
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