|Title:||Men's Basketball & Golf Head Coach / Assistant Athletics Director|
With the 2011-12 men's basketball season under his belt, Jarred Samples has a 32-74 record to his name as University of Dallas men's basketball head coach in four seasons leading the Crusaders on the hardwood.
In the 2011-12 season, Dallas competed for the first time as members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Achieving a 5-11 record in SCAC competition, the Crusaders claimed the West Divsion's No. 4 seed in the SCAC Championship Tournament. Dallas was eliminated in the quarterfinal, falling 82-59 to host school and East Divison No. 1 seed Birmingham-Southern College.
Junior forward Tanner Bruffey was named to the 2011-12 All-SCAC Men's Basketball 'Third Team', while sophomore guard Joe Stephens garnered 'Honorable Mention' honors.
Coach Samples' tenure at the University of Dallas has also seen six Crusader basketball players selected to the Association of Division III Independents' (AD3I) 'All-Independent' Team, two players named to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) 'All-Conference' Team, and one pegged a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) 'Honorable Mention' All-American.
Also noteworthy, forward Ross Davidson was heralded AD3I 'Rookie of the Year' for the 2010-11 season, his freshman campaign.
Coach Samples' 2008-09 and 2009-10 Dallas teams netted a combined 2-1 record in NEAC postseason tournament play.
He spent two seasons (2006-07; 2007-08) as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Chicago before returning to Dallas -- his alma mater -- in Sept. 2008 to assume head coaching duties.
During his time at Chicago, the Maroons won back-to-back University Athletic Association Championships and appeared in the NCAA tournament. Furthermore, Coach Samples was part of a men's basketball staff which was named 'Coaching Staff of the Year' for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
Prior to his appointment at Chicago, Coach Samples spent five seasons (2001-06) as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
In his tutelage with Southwestern, Coach Samples helped the Pirates reach such heights as 2004-05 SCAC regular season 'Co-Champions' (11-3), having six student-athletes named to the SCAC All-Academic Honor Roll, landing the SCAC 'Player of the Year', the University's first NABC Division III 'All-American', and seeing three players selected 'First Team' All-SCAC.
Additionally, Coach Samples has served as a men's basketball camp instructor at Princeton University (2008), Harvard University (2008), Southwestern University (Texas; 2002-05), University of North Carolina (2005), Georgetown University (2005), and the University of Kansas (2000-05).
Samples was a four-year letter winner -- playing basketball and
golf -- at the University of Dallas before graduating in 2001 with
a Bachelor of Arts in History. Asisde from his men's basketball
duties, he holds the title of Head Golf Coach at the University of
Dallas. Samples resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Sarah and
|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