The Reason – The Matthew Harbilas Story

The heartfelt story about how one man inspired a team to win their first ever State Championship.

Josh YoungKostaki Kodonas

By Josh Young and Kostaki Kodonas

In June of 2021, the Norwalk High School Baseball team won the CIAC Class LL State Championship. What most people know was that it was the first in Norwalk High history, what most people don’t know is the motivation and drive behind the #24 seed’s miraculous and unexpected playoff push.

Filmmakers Kostaki Kodonas & Joshua Young dive deep into the emotional and physical connection individuals had with Norwalks “reason,” Coach Matthew Harbilas.

Click on the video to see how one man inspired a team to go out and win it all, and the lasting impact he had on Norwalk’s baseball program.

This story was originally published on on March 22, 2022.