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Murray State Head Coach

  • The 2017-18 season marks the third for Coach Matt McMahon to lead the Murray State men’s basketball program.
  • Was named the Racers’ 16th head coach on June 9, 2015.
  • He was the third youngest rookie among NCAA D-I coaches at the time.
  • In his six seasons at MSU (four as assistant and two as head coach), McMahon has coached an impressive group of All-Ohio Valley Conference performers including Isaiah Canaan, Donte Poole, Ivan Aska, Ed Daniel, Jarvis Williams, Cameron
  • Payne and Jeffery Moss. In the 2016-17 season, McMahon coached All-OVC talents Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller.

Louisiana Tech Associate Head Coach

  • Had previously taken the associate head coach position at Louisiana Tech with head coach Eric Konkol.
  • McMahon came back to Murray State only two weeks later (June 2015) when Steve Prohm was suddenly given the opportunity to coach at Iowa State.

Murray State Assistant Coach

  • He was a key component on Coach Prohm’s staff as an assistant and was part of 104 victories over four seasons from 2011-15.
  • In his four seasons as assistant, the Racers won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships, a CollegeInsider Tournament Championship and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.
  • In 2014-15, MSU become the first team in school history to go undefeated in the OVC at 16-0. The Racers also set the school an OVC record with a 25-game win streak that was second in the nation. MSU finished 29-6 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
  • In 2013-14 the Racers won the CollegeInsider Tournament championship and finished 23-11.
  • In 2012, McMahon was named to the list of best assistant coaches by and
  • In 2011-12, the Racers were 31-2, gained a national top-10 ranking and No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Racers won a game in the NCAA’s and were the final undefeated team in the nation at 23-0.

Before Murray State

  • McMahon coached some outstanding talent in his time before Murray State.
  • At Appalachian State, he coached Southern Conference MVP Donald Sims as well as All-Conference picks Jeremy Clayton and D.J. Thompson.
  • At UNCW, McMahon recruited Adam Smith, a Parade Second Team All-America selection.
  • In 2010, McMahon rejoined Coach Buzz Peterson at UNC-Wilmington for one season before coming to Murray State when Steve Prohm was hired in 2011.
  • McMahon went back to Appalachian State in 2002 for his first full-time position with Coach Fancher.
  • In 2001, McMahon moved to Tennessee as graduate assistant to head coach Buzz Peterson.
  • When he finished his playing career at Appalachian State in 1999, McMahon stayed at his alma mater for the 1999-00 season and served under head coach Houston Fancher.

Playing Career

  • McMahon was known as an excellent shooter and tough competitor during his playing career at Appalachian State. He helped the Mountaineers get to the NCAA Tournament in the 1999-00 season.


  • A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., he graduated from Appalachian State in 2000 with a degree in marketing.
  • His wife Mary is a former standout for the Furman women’s basketball team. The couple has two daughters, Maris (8) and Mabry (5), and a son, Mason (6).