Matt Hamilton enters his first year as junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant men's basketball coach at Lees-McRae College.
Hamilton joins the Lees-McRae basketball staff after three years as a student manager at Appalachian State University. Under head coach Jason Capel, Hamilton served many different roles in the program during his tenure there. He assisted in scouting reports, game film editing, practice, skill development, scheduling team shoot around and practice times, and helping with the strength and conditioning program. Hamilton was in charge of the teams film exchange program, opponents play calls, in game defensive matchups and was the head manager his last season at ASU.
Hamilton began his coaching career at the age of 16 when he was an assistant coach for Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C. for his junior and senior year of high school. During this time, he helped the staff with leading practices and in game management. During his time in high school, he was a head AAU coach for a local team where he was in control of all game and player management.
During the past four years, Matt has worked numerous college basketball camps during the summer like Clemson, ASU, Duke, Florida, NC State, VCU and UNCC; which includes working camps that he has attended such as the Rising Coaches Elite Conference in Las Vegas where he was able to learn about basketball and the day-to-day operations from multiple high major head and assistant coaches.
Matt was born in Boston, Mass., but moved to Charlotte, N.C. 10 years ago. He is the son of Blair and Beth Hamilton. he has three brothers Brian, Garrett, and Luke. Matt received his degree in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from Appalachian State University.
Coach Steve Hardin quote:
"Matt brings hands on experience in every phase of a college program and we are excited to have him apart of Lees McRae and the staff. Coach Hamilton is extremely detailed workaholic. He brings to our program advanced scouting film breakdown capabilities that will help take us to the next step in my FIRE system. Matt has a much needed recruiting base in Charlotte. Matt is a basketball junkie and a grinder that understands what is needed for us to be successful. Coach Hamilton is another key piece Lees Mcrae and my staff. We are blessed to have Matt joining the program."