|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Previous College:||Johnson State '96|
Matt Mahar begins his fourth season as the Assumption College men’s basketball head coach for the 2014-2015 season. Prior to being hired as head coach for Assumption, Mahar served as men’s head basketball coach and the assistant athletic director at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii from 2005-2011. He has guided Assumption to an overall record of 42-41 during his first three seasons and a 33-32 conference record in the Northeast-10 during those three seasons.
During his 10 seasons as a head coach, Mahar has had 22 players receive All-Conference recognition and five earn All-American honors. In addition, he has had 17 players that went on to play professional basketball in the United States or overseas and three that earned NBA tryouts (Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers).
In 2012-2013, Mahar led the Greyhounds to their best start in program history, opening the season with a 9-0 mark. Mahar directed the Hounds to a 21-8 record, a second-place finish in the Northeast-10 regular season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed. The Hounds were also ranked as high as No. 13 in the NABC/Division II National Poll. Two of Mahar’s players during this season received Third Team All-Conference honors (Kevin Donahue, Ronson Quick).
In 2011-2012, Mahar’s first season with the Greyhounds, Mahar guided the team to a 14-14 overall record and a berth in the Northeast-10 Tournament Quarterfinals after a road upset of Bentley in the first round. The Greyhounds were a perfect 6-0 in overtime, 8-3 at home and won five of their last six regular-season games to qualify for postseason.
At Chaminade University from 2005-2011, Mahar guided the Silverswords to a 101-64 overall record, which included wins over Division I programs Princeton in 2007 and Oklahoma in 2010 at the Maui Invitational. He also posted a 99-48 record versus non Division I opponents. A two-time Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), Mahar guided his team to three PacWest Championships (2006, 2008, 2011) and three berths in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, all firsts in the university’s history. The winningest coach in Chaminade University history, Mahar had five of his players receive All-West Region selections and two of his players received PacWest Player of the Year awards (Chris Reaves 2006, Zack Whiting 2007).
Prior to taking over the Chaminade’s head coaching position, Mahar served as an assistant coach, helping guide the Silverswords to a win over Big East powerhouse Villanova in the 2003 Maui Invitational. He also served as sports information director for Chaminade from 2002-2005 and was the interim athletic director during the 2005-2006 season. During that season, the school added three Pacific West Conference sports including men's and women's soccer and women's basketball.
Mahar got his start in college coaching in the Northeast as he served as an assistant coach at Champlain College (Vt.) from 2000-2002, an assistant coach for Division I University of Vermont during the 1997-1998 season and started as an assistant at Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) in 1996-1997.
Prior to coaching, under the tutelage of his father Buddy Mahar, who coached Division I programs Columbia, Fordham, and Fairleigh Dickinson, Mahar starred in basketball at Johnson State College in Vermont. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.