Terry Promotes Matson to Director of Ops

Aug. 6, 2012

By Stephen Trembley

FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry announced Monday the promotion of Nick Matson to Director of Basketball 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.

During Terry's first season in 2011-12, Matson worked as the men's basketball assistant responsible for day-to-day operations. He will continue to coordinate day-to-day operations, team travel, video sc outing and breakdown, practice coordination, and community service, but in an expanded capacity.

Matson also assists in running the Fresno State Summer Basketball Camps.

Before coming to Fresno State, Matson spent 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 worked the 2009-10 season as a coaching intern at Stanford University under Johnny Dawkins, where he assisted with recruiting administration, team operations, and scouting reports.

Matson received his bachelors' degree in Psychology in 2009 from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).

He was a walk-on guard for the VMI Keydets from 2006-2008 under head coach Duggar Baucom. The Keydets employed an up-tempo offense that set all-time NCAA records for points per game, steals, and 3-pointers made in a season. In 2008-09, Matson served as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach, which was one of the most successful seasons in VMI Basketball history. The Keydets finished the season 24-8, including an upset victory over Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

"Throughout the course of his career at Stanford, Murray State, VMI 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."

In July, Terry hired one of his former players from Texas, Kenton Paulino, as an assistant coach and moved Michael Schwartz and Byron Jones to the No. 1 and 2 assistant positions, respectively. The staff changes help fill the void vacated by the departure of associate head coach and longtime mentor Jerry Wainwright, who left to work at Marquette to be closer to his family.

"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. All of the incoming players enrolled at Fresno State for the 2012 summer session and began working out as much as allowed by the recently updated NCAA guidelines.

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.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - The flagship radio station of the Fresno State men's basketball team is KMJ 580 AM and the Spanish Flagship is KGST-AM ESPN Deportes. Be sure to follow @RodneyTerry on Twitter for updates throughout the year about the team, recruiting trail and upcoming season.