About Matt Grahn

Bremerton, WA

BA Eastern Washington University 2003
MEd. Concordia University Texas 2010

Matt Grahn is in his second season as assistant coach on Terry Butterfield's staff at the University of Texas at Dallas. During the 2016-17 season, Grahn aided in the development of American Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year, Dimitrius Underwood, and Defensive Player of the Year, Reagan Keogh. Additionally, the Comets had two named to the All-ASC East team and six to the ASC All-Academic team.

During a span from 2010 to 2016, Grahn assisted Jarred Samples at the University of Dallas. During his tenure with the Crusaders, Grahn helped in building UD into a competitor. 2014-15 saw the Crusaders achieve success not seen in over a decade tying the single season win total and earning the first conference tournament win in school history. In six seasons, Grahn recruited and aided in the development of 17 SCAC All-Academic selections, 9 All-Conference selections, 4 USCAA All-America selections, and 2 USCAA Academic All-America selections.

From 2007-2010, Grahn was an assistant coach at Concordia University Texas, where he was instrumental in orchestrating an offense which led the ASC in scoring all three years (top 12 in NCAA-III). Grahn helped Concordia reach the ASC Conference Tournament all three years -- the team finished as a runner-up in 2008. Additionally, Grahn mentored Brad Walker, whom was ASC Player of the Year 2010, NABC Small College Player of the Year, and All-Region First Team.

Before joining Stan Bonewitz at Concordia, Grahn spent three of the previous four seasons at Texas Lutheran University working under Tom Oswald. Known for their tough defense and post play, Grahn helped the Bulldogs to lead the American Southwest Conference in scoring defense in 2004 and 2005, as well as aid in the development of All-American post player, Tommy Stolhandske and 2007 ASC Freshman of the Year, JC Herebia.

The 2005-06 season took Grahn to NCAA Division I McNeese State University as an assistant coach. The Cowboys led the Southland Conference in steals per game and were 7th in the nation in that category. Grahn also aided the Cowboys in obtaining the highest GPA in 6 seasons.

Grahn spent the 2002-03 as an assistant under JT Locklear at Seminole State College in Oklahoma. He helped recruit and sign Michael Neal, who ended up finishing his playing career at Oklahoma.

From 2000-2002, Grahn worked as an assistant for Ray Giacoletti at Eastern Washington University. Grahn worked with the post players, while completing his undergraduate degree.

The 1999-2000 season at Moscow (ID) High School was Grahn’s first experience as a head coach. The Bears finished 14-10 and second in Idaho's District 1/2. Grahn's team was 3 points shy of a state playoff berth to eventual state tournament finalist, Timberline.

From 1994-2000, Grahn served in numerous capacities from video coordinator to director of basketball operations at Washington State University. During his time at WSU, Grahn worked for head coach Kevin Eastman (now with the Boston Celtics). The Cougars advanced the NIT quarterfinals in 1995, while leading the country in field goal percentage. In 1996, Washington State made it the second round of the NIT.

In 2011, Grahn became a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance. PCA is a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.

Grahn graduated from Olympic High School in Silverdale, WA where he earned Most Inspirational honors his senior year. Grahn was married in May 2007 to the former Katheryne Hickman and the two have a daughter, Harleigh, and son, Easton.