Terry Promotes Matson to Director of Ops

July 31, 2012

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By Stephen Trembley
strembley@csufresno.edu
GoBulldogs.com

FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry announced Tuesday that he has promoted Nick Matson to serve as the Bulldogs' director of operations.

"Having the opportunity to promote Nick Matson into the role of Director of Basketball Operations is a move that is well deserved and earned," Terry said. "Nick did an incredible job for our staff and team in his previous role this past season both on and off the court."

Matson will continue to coordinate day-to-day operations, team travel, video scouting and breakdown, practice coordination, and community service in an expanded capacity. He also assists in running the Fresno State Summer Basketball Camps.

Before coming to Fresno State, Matson gained valuable experience throughout the 2010-11 season as a graduate assistant at Murray State University under head coach Billy Kennedy. The Racers finished the season 23-9, winning the Ohio Valley Conference Championship, including at 14-4 conference record. While at Murray State, Matson assisted with administrative duties and player development, working with All-American guard Isaiah Canaan.

Matson spent the 2009-10 season as a coaching intern at Stanford University under Johnny Dawkins. He assisted with recruiting administration, team operations, and scouting reports.

"Throughout the course of his career at Stanford, Murray State and now here, Nick has always demonstrated a tireless work ethic, and the ability to handle a great deal of varying responsibilities," Terry said. "Our players, coaches, and program will all benefit a great deal by having Nick in this new position."

Earlier this summer, Terry added former Texas standout Kenton Paulino as an assistant coach and also promoted Michael Schwartz to top assistant coach and Byron Jones to the No. 2 assistant coach position.

Schwartz, Jones and Matson were both instrumental in helping Terry build the foundation of the Bulldogs' program. Terry's program has cultivated one of the West's most complete recruiting classes to prepare Fresno State to compete this season in the Mountain West.

"I am really looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm that our staff will bring day in and day out to help our players, University and community get genuinely excited about our basketball program," Terry said. "The intensity and commitment of my staff will benefit in coaching our current players as well as recruiting prospective student-athletes in the future."

With three returning starters, including rising junior guards Kevin Olekaibe (17.8 ppg) and Tyler Johnson (9.3 ppg/4.6 rpg), and junior forward Jerry Brown (8.8 ppg/5.5 rpg), Fresno State returns five letterwinners and features the addition of at least seven newcomers.

The Bulldogs' incoming class is one of the program's top collections of talent in a single class that adds immediate depth to Terry's roster. All of the newcomers have a chance to compete for immediate playing time.

The class is comprised of junior guard Allen Huddleston (who sat out last season as a Division I transfer), sophomore forward Braeden Anderson and currently five freshmen - Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris, Broderick Newbill and Robert Upshaw.

For fans looking to support Fresno State student-athlete scholarships and secure 2012-13 men's basketball season tickets, packages are available for as low as $149 through The Bulldog Foundation ($99 for Level 7 season tickets and a minimum donation of $50) by calling 559-278-7160.

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