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Murray State Head Coach

  • The 2018-19 season marks the fourth 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.
  • McMahon's third season was one of the best in Murray State history as the Racers went 26-6 and won their 25th regular season championship in Ohio Valley Conference history with a 16-2 record. In the postseason, the Racers won the OVC Tournament (held at the Ford Center in Evansville for the first time) with wins over Jacksonville State and Belmont which sent the Racers to the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time.
  • Playing in the NCAAs for the first time since 2012, the Racers were a No. 12 seed and sent out west to San Diego where they battled No. 5 West Virginia.
  • This amazing 26-6 season was the ninth season of 25+ wins in 93 seasons of Racer Basketball.
  • MSU's 13-game winning streak was second-longest in the nation entering the NCAA Tournament.
  • MSU was 14-2 at home (9-0 OVC) and 10-3 in away games.
  • MSU had a final NCAA RPI of No. 48 and had MSU as the No. 62 team in the nation.
  • Following the 2017-18 season, Coach McMahon was named the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) District 19 Coach of the Year.
  • He was also a finalist for the Coach Skip Prosser Award and Coach Hugh Durham Award.
  • His overall mark in three seasons at Murray State reads 59-37 (.614) which means MSU now has 12 coaches with a winning percentage of 60 percent or better out of the 16 that have been with the team.
  • In his first three seasons at MSU, McMahon is winning OVC games at a .680 clip with a mark of 34-16.
  • McMahon has been associated with some of the great in MSU history both as an assistant and as head coach.
  • In his seven seasons at Murray State (four as assistant and three 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, Jeffery Moss, Jonathan Stark, Terrell Miller, Jr. and Ja Morant,.
  • In the 2017-18 season, McMahon coached OVC Player of the Year Jonathan Stark and All-OVC First Team selections Terrell Miller, Jr., and Ja Morant.

Louisiana Tech Associate Head Coach

  • Had previously taken the associate head coach position at Louisiana Tech with head coach Eric Konkol.
  • MMcMahon 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 (9) and Mabry (5), and a son, Mason (7).