Flushing, N.Y. - Queens native Matt Collier will return home as the 14th head coach of the Knights' men basketball program; it was announced today. A coach with extensive experience at the Division I level, Collier most recently spent six seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
"My family and I are thrilled that I have been selected to lead the Queens College men's basketball program, said Collier. "As a proud Queens native, representing the men's basketball program of the "jewel of the CUNY system" is a dream come true.
"I want to thank President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, (Vice President for Student Affairs) Dr. Adam L. Rockman and (Assistant Vice President for Athletics) China Jude, as well as the search committee, for trusting me to lead the program into the future," continued Collier. "Under their leadership, the future of QC Athletics is extremely bright, and our program will reflect that. Our players and staff will be committed to building a program that will make the Queens College community and the entire borough proud."
The Dragons' achievements on the court including a 2010 victory over then #17 Louisville on the road, and a program-record 29 wins during the 2011-12 season. The team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Postseason NIT, and head coach Bruiser Flint was named CAA Coach of the Year.
Off the court, Collier worked closely with academic services to promote student-athlete welfare and academic success, which was instrumental in maintaining the program's 100% graduation rate over the last 15 years. He developed and conducted pre-season, in-season, and off-season athletic and skill development for players using statistical analysis, film work, and on-court instruction. Collier collaborated with student groups and University administration to prevent domestic violence by launching the inaugural #DragonsInAction 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to promote bystander intervention.
He led recruitment for the Class of 2013, the highest rated class in the CAA (according to HoopScoopOnline). The relationships Collier developed and maintained with Drexel alumni and boosters resulted in the fundraising for two foreign trips and the renovation of the men's basketball office and team locker room, an estimated total of $3.2 million.
Before joining the Dragons, Collier served a stint as assistant coach at Howard University in Washington, DC from 2005-10. Collier was instrumental in the team's recruiting process, resulting in the highest rated MEAC recruiting class in 2009 (according to HoopScoopOnline). He oversaw the academic progress of all of student-athletes and served as a lead scout in evaluating opposing teams. During his time with the Bison, the team picked up the program's first victory over a Pac-12 team, with a 47-45 victory over the Beavers in Nov. 2008.
Collier had a previous stint at Drexel, serving as the Dragons' coordinator of operations from 2002-2005. During that time, Drexel advanced to three National Invitation Tournament appearances.
Before his first stint at Drexel, Collier was the assistant coach at Globe Institute of Technology in New York. He has also served stints as a camp counselor at the prestigious Eastern Invitational Basketball and Five-Star Basketball camps.
Collier earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2001, majoring in Sport Management. As an undergrad at UMass, Collier was Flint's head manager. Collier attended the Bronx High School of Science. Matt and his wife, Erica are the parents of a daughter, Chloe.
Dixie State stopped at No. 8/9 Hawaii Pacific on Monday, 76-66 - 1 day ago
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Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the... [read more]
Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the game with a jumper and Brandon Simister (6'0''-PG-94) nailed a 3-pointer to give DSU the three-point cushion. However, the Sharks (25-2, 17-2 PacWest) countered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Josh Looney lay-in and free throw, as HPU wrestled back the lead at 56-51 with 15:21 to play. Dixie State rallied to make a one-point game at 56-55 at the 13:53 mark, but then the Trailblazers went ice cold offensively as DSU went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile HPU rattled off a 10-4 spurt in that stretch, as DSU hit just 4-of-7 from the foul line, to extend to its biggest lead of the game at 66-59 with 6:24 to go after a pair of Looney free throws. Simister finally broke the drought with a big 3-pointer to pull the Trailblazers to within four at 66-62 with 6:05 remaining. DSU's defense then came up with much-needed stops on the Sharks' next two possession, but Dixie State could not capitalize on the offensive end as Hawai'i Pacific held the Trailblazers to just four points the rest of the way to close out the victory. Simister led the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two treys, while Bradley poured in 14 of his 17 points in the first half to go along with seven rebounds and Hill finished with 15 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Dixie State shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the first half but was held to just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the second frame to finish at 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game. DSU was done in at the free-throw line as the Trailblazers shot a season-low 44.4 percent (12-of-27) at the stripe, which included eight more missed attempts in the second half. DSU also committed eight second-half turnovers and finished with 15 for the game, compared to just eight HPU miscues. DSU and HPU each finished with 35 rebounds, though the Sharks held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass. Looney led all scorers with 24 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. The Sharks shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 8-of-33 (.242) from the perimeter, and hit 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the foul line, which was a DSU opponent season high. Dixie State wraps up the 2016-17 regular season at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Trailblazers welcome Holy Names to the Burns Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will also serve as Senior Night as DSU seniors Marcus Bradley (6'6''-F) and Josh Fuller will be honored prior to tip-off. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and f... [read more]
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first half and at the break Cameron found themselves up 44-34 at the break thanks to a last second old fashioned three point play from Jalen Nicholas (6'6''-G/F). The Aggies shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, going 5-12 from the perimeter while hitting all three of their free throw attempts. They held the Falcons to just 30.8 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, but UTPB did make 5-13 from three and converted 13 off their 16 free throw attempts. JV Long (6'1''-PG) led CU at the break with nine points and three assists, while Tyler Williams (6'3''-G) had eight points and Trey Hall had seven. Vinnie Abbondola (6'2''-G) led UT Permian Basin at the half with nine points on 3-4 shooting from long range. The Aggies kept up their momentum to start the second half, stretching their lead to 20 points at the 15:59 mark. However, that is when UTPB made their move, as they used a 14-2 run to put the game at 62-54 with 13:33 left in the half. They slowly kept eating away at CU's lead and by the 4:13 mark, the Falcons were down by just four points. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth through the final minutes of play with the margin hovering around 3-4 points. Clutch free throw shooting by the Aggies down the stretch helped them secure the 90-87. Cameron finished the game with a 52.5 field goal percentage, while going 12-26 from the perimeter and 16-22 from the charity stripe. They got 25 points off of 23 UTPB turnovers and had 31 points from off the bench. Long finished with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three, and six assists, while Hall finished with 18 points, hitting 4-9 from long range. Williams chipped in 14 points and Momoh had 11. UT Permian Basin (19-5, 10-4) had won nine straight before Saturday's loss. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 44 percent from the perimeter, and converted on 30 of their 37 free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Johnnie Lacy had 20 and Josh Morris had 17. Cameron will finish out the regular season at home as they have three straight at the Aggie Gym. They will begin by hosting Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: cameronaggies.com
CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District Awards 2016-17 - 9 days ago
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District 1 Michael Coffey (6'1''-G) of ADELPHI Jack Jones (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) of SAINT ROSE Julian Lipinski (6'8''-F) of SAINT ROSE Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S. CONNECTICUT STATE Tyler Sayre (6'6''-F) of SAINT ROSE District 2 Noah Davis (6'6''-F) of SETON HILL Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of GANNON A.J. Leahey (6'7''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Dan Monteroso (6'3''-G) of WEST LIBERTY Isaac Vescovi (6'6''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN District 3 Jaumonee Byrd (6'6''-F-94) of CLAYTO... [read more]
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