|Title:||Men's Basketball Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator|
BA Eastern Washington University 2003
MEd. Concordia University Texas 2010
Matt Grahn is entering his third season as assistant coach on Jarred Samples' staff at the University of Dallas. His main duties include coordination of recruiting and post player development. Grahn aided in the recruitment and development of 2011 Association of Division-III Independents' (AD3I) Rookie of the Year and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American post player, Ross Davidson. Grahn helped lead Dallas to a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament appearance in 2011-12, Dallas' first season in the league.
From 2007-2010, Grahn was an assistant coach at Concordia University (Texas), where he was instrumental in orchestrating an offense which led the American Southwest Conference (ASC) in scoring all three years (top 12 in NCAA-III). Grahn helped Concordia reach the ASC Conference Tournament all three years -- the team finished as a runner-up in 2008. Additionally, Grahn mentored Brad Walker, whom was ASC Player of the Year 2010, NABC Small College Player of the Year, and All-Region First Team.
Before joining Stan Bonewitz at Concordia, Grahn spent three of the previous four seasons at Texas Lutheran University working under Tom Oswald. Known for their tough defense and post play, Grahn helped the Bulldogs to lead the ASC in scoring defense in 2004 and 2005, as well as aid in the development of All-American post player, Tommy Stolhandske and 2007 ASC Freshman of the Year, J.C. Herebia.
The 2005-06 season took Grahn to NCAA Division I McNeese State University as an assistant coach. The Cowboys led the Southland Conference in steals per game and were seventh in the nation in that category. Grahn also aided the Cowboys in obtaining the highest GPA in six seasons.
Grahn spent the 2002-03 as an assistant under J.T. Locklear at Seminole State College in Oklahoma. He helped recruit and sign Michael Neal, who ended up finishing his playing career at the University of Oklahoma.
From 2000-2002, Grahn worked as an assistant for Ray Giacoletti at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Grahn worked with the post players, while completing his undergraduate degree.
The 1999-2000 season at Moscow (Idaho) High School was Grahn’s first experience as a head coach. The Bears finished 14-10 and second in Idaho's District 1/2. Grahn's team was three points shy of a state playoff berth to eventual state tournament finalist, Timberline.
From 1994-2000, Grahn served in numerous capacities from video coordinator to director of basketball operations at Washington State University (WSU). During his time at WSU, Grahn worked for head coach Kevin Eastman (now with the Boston Celtics). The Cougars advanced the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals in 1995, while leading the country in field goal percentage. In 1996, WSU made it the second round of the NIT.
In 2011, Grahn became a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA is a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
Grahn graduated from Olympic High School in Silverdale, Wash., where he earned Most Inspirational honors his senior year. Grahn was married in May 2007 to the former Katheryne Hickman and the two have a daughter, Harleigh, born early in 2012.
In eight years at the Division-III level, Coach Grahn has aided in the recruitment and development of:
- - 22 All-Conference Academic selections
- 3 All-District Academic selections
- 3 American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar selections
- 1 Academic All-American selection
- 1 Josten's Award finalist
- 25 All-Conference player selections
- 22 Conference Player of the Week selections
- 5 All-Conference Freshman Team selections
- 4 D3Hoops.com Team of the Week selections
- 4 All-Region Team selections
- 3 All-Conference Defensive Team selections
- 2 Conference Freshman of the Year selections
- 2 Conference Player of the Year selections
- 2 Conference Rookie of the Year selections
- 2 All-American selections