IUP BASKETBALL: Hawks hire men's assistant coach
IUP has announced the hiring of Matt Hahn as an assistant men’s basketball coach.
Hahn comes to the Crimson Hawks after spending two seasons as the top assistant at Division I Robert Morris.
Hahn spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as the recruiting coordinator for the Colonials, as they went a combined 44-25 (.638) and reached back-to-back Northeast Conference Tournament championship games.
Responsible for RMU’s overall offensive strategy, Hahn helped the Colonials average 67.9 points per game during his two years on staff, including a 68.4 average in 2011-12.
In charge of RMU’s point guards, Hahn coached guards Velton Jones and Lucky Jones to All-NEC first team and All-NEC Rookie Team selections, respectively, in 2012.
The Colonials went 26-11 (.703) overall during the 2011-12 season, the program record for wins in a season, and advanced to the Collegeinsider.com postseason tournament.
RMU finished the 2010-11 season with an 18-14 (.563).
Before working with the Colonials, Hahn spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont under head coach Mike Lonergan. From 2005 to 2010 with Hahn as an assistant, the Catamounts posted an overall record of 103-59 (.636), including a mark of 56-24 (.700) in the America East. Vermont claimed three America East regular-season championships (2007, 2009, 2010) during that span and appeared in the postseason three times, including berths in the NIT in 2007, the College Basketball Invitational in 2009 and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In addition, Hahn recruited Mike Trimboli, Joe Trapani, Evan Fjeld and Maurice Joseph at Vermont. Trimboli was named the 2006 America East Rookie of the Year and went on to be to a four-time All-America East selection, while Trapani was named to the 2007 America East All-Rookie Team. In 2010, both Fjeld and Joseph earned spots on the All-America East Third Team.
Prior to his appointment at Vermont, Hahn spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Atlantic 10 member La Salle from 2001-04. As a member of the staff with the Explorers, Hahn recruited Steven Smith, the 2005 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and the 2006 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. He was also instrumental in the development of Rasual Butler, who has spent the last 11 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Miami Heat, the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors.
Hahn is a 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland he spent four seasons with the Terrapins as a reserve guard under legendary head coach Gary Williams, serving as team captain as a senior in 1999-2000.
In each of his four years at Maryland, the Terrapins advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including Sweet Sixteen berths in 1998 and 1999. Hahn was also a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll.
From a coaching family, Hahn’s father, Billy, has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia University under head coach Bob Huggins. Billy Hahn served as the head coach at La Salle from 2001-04 with his son on the staff.
Prior to RMU, Hahn was named one the top 50 mid-major assistant coaches in the country. He also spent time with various camps throughout the Northeast region, including the prestigious Eastern Invitational.
A native of Columbia, Md., Hahn graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.