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Thad Matta
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Butler
Graduating Year: 1990
Experience: 5 Years
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Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Release: 09/17/2010
Matta’s All-Big Ten Honorees
Big Ten Player of the Year
2006 Terence Dials
2010 Evan Turner
First Team All-Big Ten
2006 Terence Dials
2007 Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr.
2008 Jamar Butler
2009 Evan Turner
2010 Evan Turner
2011 Jared Sullinger
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2007 Greg Oden
2009 William Buford
2011 Jared Sullinger
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
2007 Greg Oden
Big Ten 6th Man of the Year
2007 Daequan Cook
2009 B.J. Mullens
2011 Aaron Craft
Big Ten Coach of the Year
2006 Thad Matta
2007 Thad Matta
2010 Thad Matta
2007 Greg Oden, 1st team AP 2nd team, USBWA, NABC, Sporting News
2009 Evan Turner, Hon. Mention AP
2010 Evan Turner, 1st Team AP, USBWA, NABC, Sporting News
2011 Jared Sullinger, 1st Team AP, USBWA, NABC, Sporting News
Back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament “Sweet 16,” a fourth Big Ten regular season crown and a third Big Ten postseason tournament title are just the latest accolades added to the Thad Matta resume as head coach of the Buckeyes. All this after a 34-3 overall record and a 16-2 mark in league play during the 2010-11 season.

Several records and outstanding achievements highlighted Matta’s seventh season in Columbus last season but success has been the norm for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Matta took over the program in 2004-05.

Matta (pronounced Mah-tuh) has done what he is used to doing as a head coach during the first seven years in Columbus - win. The 13th head coach in Ohio State history guided his first edition of Buckeye basketball to a 20-12 campaign in 2004-05 and followed that effort with a 26-6 record and an outright Big Ten regular-season championship in 2006. The 2007 season was even better with both an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the league tournament crown as well. Ohio State advanced to the NCAA title game and finished the season with a school-record 35 wins against just four losses. The 2007-08 campaign ended with a streak of five-consecutive victories and the 2008 National Invitation Tournament Title, won over three days at Madison Square Garden in New York.

His success continued in 2008-09 with a 22-11 record, an appearance in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament title game and a trip to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The 2009-10 season followed suit with a stellar 29-8 overall record, a share of the 2010 Big Ten regular season title and a Big Ten tournament championship win over Minnesota.

The Buckeyes recorded 34 wins in 2010-11, the second most in school history after starting the season 24-0. Ohio State claimed both the regular-season and postseason Big Ten titles and entered the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed.

In 11 years as a collegiate head coach, Matta has produced 20 or more victories each year which includes three years at Xavier (78-23) and one at Butler (24-8). His average record as a head coach after seven seasons (190-57) in Columbus is 27-8.

As a Buckeye, Matta has more wins than any previous Ohio State head coach after seven seasons on the job with a 190-57 record to date. Fred Taylor was 137-41 during his first seven seasons (1959-65) for a winning percentage of .770 over that span. Matta’s seven-year winning percentage of .769 is a close second. The 105 wins for Matta over his first four campaigns set an Ohio State record for wins over any four-season period. Taylor’s run from 1960-63 is second (98-9). Three of those Taylor teams (1960-62) advanced to the NCAA title game.

Matta is one of just two coaches nationally to post 20 or more wins in each of his first 11 seasons as a head coach. The 2006, 2007 and 2010 Big Ten Conference and 2006 USBWA District V coach of the year, Matta tied an Ohio State record for wins by a rookie coach (20) in 2004-05. Gary Williams, who retired in May as the head coach at Maryland after 33 seasons as a head coach, posted a 20-13 record in 1986-87. Matta (2005 and ‘06) and Williams (1987 and ‘88) are the only two Ohio State coaches to record 20 or more wins in each of their first two seasons in Columbus and Matta is the only Buckeye mentor with seven 20-win campaigns at the start of his tenure.

In his third season in Columbus, Matta led the Buckeyes to the 2007 Big Ten regular-season title, the conference tournament championship and won the 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year Award. He again won the regular season and postseason league titles in 2010 while earning coach of the accolades as well. The sweep was the fourth for Matta as a head coach. He accomplished the same three achievements in his only season at Butler in 2001 and in his first year at Xavier in 2002. In 2011, Matta led Ohio State to its 19th Big Ten regular-season title, its 13th outright championship and to the postseason tournament crown, the third in program history. As a head coach, Matta has claimed seven league regular season titles and five postseason league crowns in 11 years.

A finalist for the 2002-03 Naismith National Coach of the Year Award, Matta began his duties in Columbus July 7, 2004. No time was wasted preparing for his first season, which culminated in a thrilling victory over undefeated and top-ranked Illinois in the regular-season finale at Value City Arena before a packed house and a national television audience. The 65-64 victory became an instant Buckeye classic. He added another win vs. a No. 1-ranked team when the Buckeyes knocked off top-ranked Wisconsin in the 2007 home finale. Matta has wins over three No. 1-ranked teams in his career after taking care of No. 1 St. Joseph’s (87-67) in the 2004 Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Matta, a native of Hoopeston, Ill., was 78-23 (.772) in three years at Xavier and is 292-88 (.769) in 11 years as a collegiate head coach. He coached one season at Butler, his alma mater, before taking the Xavier post. He led the Musketeers to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2004, the best NCAA tournament run in program history.

The Musketeers won 16 of their last 18 games in 2003-04. His Xavier teams were 19-4 in March from 2002-04. Ohio State won 22-consecutive games, which at the time tied the second-longest win streak in school history, down the stretch in 2007. Matta is 38-10 in March at Ohio State, including a 9-0 record in 2007.

Xavier compiled a 47-10 (.825) record against Atlantic 10 competition under Matta, including a 39-9 (.813) record in the regular season and an 8-1 (.889) mark in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Musketeers captured two regular-season championships and two tournament titles with Matta at the helm.

Matta, the 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 Columbus Dispatch Coach of the Year, led Xavier to three-consecutive 26-win seasons, back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championships in 2002 and 2003 and a league tournament title in 2002 and 2004. Xavier advanced to three NCAA tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004 following two second-round trips. The three 26-win seasons are tied for the second-highest single-season win total in Xavier history with the 1987-88 team and trails only the 28 win 1989-90 “Sweet 16” season.

Matta’s 26 wins in 2002-03 marked the highest win total for a second-year XU head coach. He also broke the school record for most victories by a Xavier rookie head coach. Xavier’s 26-6 record in the 2001-02 campaign set the mark. He set a personal record with win No. 27 in 2006-07 and the Ohio State wins total (35) that year set a school record originally established by the 1960-61 squad that finished 27-1.

Matta was named 2000-01 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in his one season at the helm at Butler after leading the Bulldogs to a school-record 24 wins, while also being named National “Rookie Coach of the Year” by CBS SportsLine.com. Matta had spent the previous three seasons as the top assistant to Barry Collier, who left Butler after the 1999-2000 season to take over as head coach at Nebraska.

Butler was 24-8 under Matta’s direction that year with an 11-3 MCC record and a league regular-season championship, a MCC tournament championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Butler won 13 of its last 15 games, including a 58-44 upset win at then 10th-ranked Wisconsin and a 79-63 bashing of then 23rd-ranked Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The win over Wake Forest was Butler’s first NCAA tournament win since 1962. Eventual NCAA runner-up Arizona ended the Butler run in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Matta began his coaching career at Indiana State University as a graduate assistant under head coach Tates Locke in 1990-91. Matta served as an academic coordinator and administrative assistant at Butler (1991-94) before moving into the full-time coaching ranks. Matta took his first full-time assistant coaching position under Herb Sendek at Miami (Ohio) University in 1994-95 and helped Miami to a 23-7 record, a Mid-American Conference regular-season championship and a first-round win in the NCAA tournament.

The following year, Matta accepted a coaching position at Western Carolina University under Phil Hopkins and helped the Catamounts to a 17-13 record, the school’s first winning record in 10 years. Western Carolina captured the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament where they nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history. The No. 16-seeded Catamounts had a shot to win against Purdue but fell 73-71 to the top-seeded Boilermakers. Matta returned to Miami under new head coach Charlie Coles in 1996-97 and helped the RedHawks to a 21-9 record, the MAC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Matta rejoined Butler’s staff in 1997 and helped the Bulldogs to three-consecutive 20-win seasons. He established himself as one of the nation’s best young coaching prospects during a six-year assistant coaching stint. In his three seasons as Barry Collier’s top assistant, Butler compiled a 67-29 (.698) record, won two Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament championships and one MCC regular-season title, made two NCAA tournament appearances and earned one NIT berth. He served as Butler’s primary recruiter.

In total, Matta spent six seasons as a full-time assistant coach at three universities, helping his squads compile a composite 128-58 (.688) record and make six postseason tournament appearances. He was on the bench in five-consecutive conference tournament championship games and won four league tournament championship rings. He was in the NCAA tournament five times as an assistant under four head coaches and in the postseason NIT once.

A high school basketball standout at Hoopeston-East Lynn in Hoopeston, Ill., Matta was a two-year starter for the Butler Bulldogs in three seasons after transferring from Southern Illinois as a sophomore. He led Butler in assists (100) and 3-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1987-88 and in free throw percentage in 1988-89 (.872). He served as a team captain on Barry Collier’s first team in 1989-90 and finished his career in sixth place on Butler’s all-time list for free throw percentage (.800). He earned a B.S. degree (education) from Butler in 1990. Matta enjoyed his Butler career high point total of 21 points against Xavier at the Cincinnati Gardens March 2, 1989.

Thad Michael Matta was born July 11, 1967, in Hoopeston. The 43-year-old coach and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, Ali and Emily.

• Full Name: Thad Michael Matta
• Born: July 11, 1967
• Hometown: Hoopeston, Ill.
• High School: Hoopeston-East Lynn
• Alma Mater: Butler, ’90 (B.S., Education)
• Playing Career: Played his freshman season at Southern Illinois (1985-86) before transferring to Butler, where he lettered from 1988-90.
• Coaching Career: Indiana State (GA), 1991; Butler (admin. asst.), 1992-94; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1995; Western Carolina (asst. coach), 1996; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1997; Butler (asst. coach), 1998-2000; Butler (head coach), 2001; Xavier (head coach), 2002-04; Ohio State (head coach), 2005-present
• Assisted Under: Tates Locke, Indiana State; Herb Sendek, Miami, Ohio; Phil Hopkins, Western Carolina; Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio; Barry Collier, Butler.
• Highlights: 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-CBS SportsLine.com; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-College Insider.com; 2002 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year; 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist; 2006, 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year; 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 Ohio Coach of the Year-Columbus Dispatch

Butler University Playing Career
• Three-year letterman, starting guard, 1989-90
• Team assist leader (100), 1987-88
• Team 3-point pct. leader (.433), 1987-88
• Team free throw pct. leader (.782), 1988-89
• Team captain, 1989-90
• 6th on Butler’s career free throw pct. list (.800)

Coaching Career

School Position Season Yrs.
Indiana State Graduate Asst. 1991 1
Butler Administrative Asst. 1992-94 3
Miami, Ohio Assistant Coach 1995 1
Western Carolina Assistant Coach 1996 1
Miami, Ohio Assistant Coach 1997 1
Butler Assistant Coach 1998-2000 3
Butler Head Coach 2001 1
Xavier Head Coach 2002-04 3
Ohio State Head Coach 2005- 7

Coaching Honors
• 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year, National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-CBS SportsLine.com, National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-College Insider.com
• 2002 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
• 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist
• 2006, 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year
• 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 Ohio Coach of the Year-Columbus Dispatch

Matta’s Career Record By Year
Thad Matta starts his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach at Ohio State in 2010-11. Matta has taken all 10 eligible teams to postseason play in his 11 years as an NCAA Division I head coach.

Year School Record League Tournament Postseason
1990-91 (GA) Indiana State 14-14    
1991-92 (Admin. Asst.) Butler 21-10 MCC Title Game NIT 1st Round
1992-93 (Admin. Asst.) Butler 11-17    
1993-94 (Admin. Asst.) Butler 16-13    
1994-95 (Assistant) Miami (Ohio) 23-7   NCAA 2nd Round
1995-96 (Assistant) Western Carolina 17-13 SoCon Champions NCAA 1st Round
1996-97 (Assistant) Miami (Ohio) 21-9   NCAA 1st Round
1997-98 (Assistant) Butler 22-11 MCC Champions NCAA 1st Round
1998-99 (Assistant) Butler 22-10   NIT 2nd Round
1999-2000 (Assistant) Butler 23-8 MCC Champions NCAA 1st Round
Year School Record League Tournament Postseason
2000-01 Butler 24-8 MCC Champions NCAA 2nd Round
1-Year Butler Record 24-8 (.750)
2001-02 Xavier 26-6 A-10 Champions NCAA 2nd Round
2002-03 Xavier 26-6   NCAA 2nd Round
2003-04 Xavier 26-11 A-10 Champions NCAA Elite Eight
3-Year Xavier Record 78-23 (.772)
2004-05 Ohio State 20-12    
2005-06 Ohio State 26-6 Big Ten Title Game NCAA 2nd Round
2006-07 Ohio State 35-4 Big Ten Champions NCAA Title Game
2007-08 Ohio State 24-13   NIT Champions
2008-09 Ohio State 22-11 Big Ten Title Game NCAA 1st Round
2009-10 Ohio State 29-8 Big Ten Champions NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11 Ohio State 34-3 Big Ten Champions NCAA Sweet 16
7-year Ohio State Record 190-57 (.769)
11-Year Collegiate Record 292-88 (.768)


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