OFFICIAL: Elkin joins Yale Basketball Staff

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Following up on something that mentioned back on 8/23 (DAILY DIRT). Yale has made the hiring of Matt Elkin as their new DBO official. Here’s the official release:

Matt Elkin has joined the Yale men’s basketball staff as Director of Operations.

Elkin comes to New Haven after serving as an assistant coach at the Windward School in Los Angeles, California. In his two seasons, Windward posted a 53-15 overall record, made back-to-back Division I state tournament appearances and captured the 2020 CIF Southern Section Division I championship. He mentored several student-athletes who matriculated to play Division I and III basketball as well as two five-star ranked prospects in the Class of 2022. In addition, he served as head coach for Windward’s eighth grade boys basketball team and taught middle school physical education.

During his time in Los Angeles, Elkin also worked with West Coast Elite, one of the premier event operators and grassroots basketball programs in the nation.

“It’s an honor to join Coach [James] Jones and the men’s basketball program at Yale,” Elkin said. “I am excited to help our student athletes and coaching staff continue to achieve success on and off the basketball court while maintaining our strong connection to the greater campus community. Yale is a special place for so many reasons, and I am overjoyed to be a Bulldog.”

Prior to Windward, Elkin spent two seasons as an assistant coach and teacher at Vermont Academy in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). While at VA, he helped mentor 13 student athletes who went on to play Division I college basketball, including McDonald’s All-American Simi Shittu, currently playing with the Windy City Bulls of the NBA G League, and first team All-ACC selection Jordan Nwora.

Over the past several years, Elkin has worked numerous events including the Pangos and Under Armour All-American Camps while also spending the past five summers as a court monitor on the UAA circuit. He has also coached camps at Boston College, UConn, Maryland, Xavier, Florida, BU, Northeastern, and several others.

Elkin is a 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BBA in Management & Human Resource. He served as a student manager for the UW men’s basketball team during the 2011-12 season which the Baders finished 27-10 overall, falling to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Elkin also served as head manager and student assistant for two seasons at Division III Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., helping the Eagles reach the NACC Championship in 2014.

While earning a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern in 2016, Elkin served as the graduate manager for the men’s basketball team for two seasons. In his first year, the Huskies posted a 23-12 record, captured the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the school’s first appearance since 1991. In his second season the team won 18 games, including a road victory at 15th-ranked Miami. While at Northeastern, Elkin helped develop five 1,000-point scorers, three first team All-CAA honorees and one CAA Player of the Year.

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