Paul Matthews has been added to the Ave Maria University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.
“I am ecstatic to join the Ave Maria community and Coach Copeland’s staff,” said Matthews. “I believe that Ave Maria is an incredible place for a student-athlete to accomplish all their personal and spiritual goals. Through competition and academia, I will do my best to help mold these young men into great ambassadors of the university. I look forward to working with the staff to build a nationally recognized program.”
Matthews has spent nearly a decade in NCAA Division II basketball, spending time at Seton Hill University, Gannon University, and Christian Brothers University. Most recently, Matthews was an assistant basketball coach for John Reilly at Christian Brothers University in the Gulf South Conference (GSC) and Gannon University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Coach Reilly is the all-time career leader in wins at Gannon University and led the program to two PSAC championships, 5 NCAA tournament appearances and one elite eight appearance.
Before working with coach Reilly, Matthews began his career at Seton Hill University as an assistant coach and eventual associate head coach. Matthews worked for coach Tony Morocco at Seton Hill University for 7 years. During his 7 years as assistant and associate head coach, he recruited and coached Seton Hill’s all-time leading scorer, five 1,000 point scorers, one PSAC Freshman of the Year, two PSAC Defensive Players of the Year, one Second Team Academic All American, two Second Team All-Region performers, three First Team All-Conference performers, and seven Second Team All-Conference performers. Academically, Matthews managed an academic program that led the conference twice in team GPA.
Matthews has coached at numerous summer basketball camps, including the Hoop Group Elite Camps and the Shanghai Basketball Association.? Matthews’ grandfather, Bernie Matthews, is a member of the PA Basketball Hall of Fame, the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame and the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach at St. Vincent College where he coached for 33 years.
Matthews was raised in Greensburg, PA and is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, where he was a captain and an all-conference performer. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in accounting. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Seton Hill University in 2013.