Elon Phoenix parts ways with coach Matt Matheny

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Elon Phoenix men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny was relieved of his duties on Monday. He spent the last decade as the team’s head coach.

A national search has begun to replace the 49-year-old Shelby, North Carolina native. In the 2012-13 season, he guided the team to the Southern North Division Championship.

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“I want to thank Matt for his leadership over the past 10 years,” Director of Athletics Dave Blank said. “He has been an excellent ambassador for Elon athletics and Phoenix basketball. He has had a positive impact on the lives of the players and we are grateful for all that he has done. His players have excelled in the classroom and as engaged citizens on campus and in the community.

“However, after a thorough review of the program, I believe a new direction at this time is necessary to move our program forward and provide the best chance for our student-athletes to compete for championships. I wish nothing but the best for Matt and his family.”

This past season, the team went 11-20. They had a 7-11 conference record.

Their season concluded on Saturday, March 9 in the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The team lost UNCW Seahawks in the CAA first-round in a 92-86 loss.

As the Phoenix head coach, he guided the team to a 151-168 record. He also had a 79-98 record in the Southern Conference, before the team transitioned to the Colonial Athletic Association.

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