Coach Profiles: Matt McCall

Position: Head Coach

Originally, Pat Kelsey, the head basketball coach at Winthrop University, accepted an offer from UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford and was minutes away from officially being introduced as the next coach of UMass Mens Basketball. Yet, it wasn’t meant to be. In a shocking turn of events, Kelsey had a change of heart and decided to return to Winthrop for personal reasons as the search for a new coach continued. The Minuteman’s offseason was marked by the firing of long time coach and former point guard Derek Kellogg, a move that was questioned by many. Still, the bigger loss were the departures of the majority of the highly touted recruiting class that Kellogg brought to Amherst the year prior. The New Orleans and top one hundred duo of Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham left for Houston, a truly devastating move as they were the most coveted recruits in the class and seemed keen on sticking around. Additionally, starting small forward and crowd favorite Seth Berger transferred to Oregon State, while both Tyrn Flowers and Zach Coleman followed Kellogg To LIU Brooklyn. Finally, a key role player in Zach Lewis departed for Iona and once third team Atlantic-10 performer Donte Clark decided to forgo his senior season and take his talents to Coastal Carolina. After some more searching, Matt Mccall was selected and named Head Coach of the Minutemen on March 29, 2017. He is the 22nd Head Coach in Umass Basketball History.

Coaching Timeline:

2001-04: University of Florida Student manager
2004-06: University of Florida Graduate Assistant
2006-08: University of Florida Director of Operations
2008-2011: Florida Atlantic University Assistant Coach
2011-15: Florida University Assistant coach
2015-17: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Head Coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Head Coach


McCall attended the University of Florida as an undergrad where he served as a student manager. After, he served as a Graduate Assistant for two years and was eventually promoted to Director of Operations, a role he worked for the same length of time. In this span, the Gators, coached By Billy Donovan, Captured back to back National Championships led by Al Horford (Boston Celtics), Corey Brewer (Los Angeles Lakers), Joakim Noah (New York Knicks), and Marreese Speights (Orlando Magic).

Following the 2007-2008 season, McCall was given the opportunity for his first official coaching job as an assistant with Florida Atlantic. Although, FAU’s record was not great in his time there, the Owl’s hit a high point in McCall’s final season in which the team was the Sun Belt Conference’s regular season champions with a 21-10 record and accepted a postseason bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

McCall had proved himself capable at FAU and In 2012, returned to Florida, now as an assistant coach. Over the next three years, the Gators had tremendous success as they were crowned SEC champions twice and reached two elite eight’s and one final four. Some of the notable players McCall helped develop in this time span included Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) and Dorian Finney Smith (Dallas Mavericks) as well as many D league and international players such as Patric Young, Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin.

Billy Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder after a mediocre final season in Gainesville and McCall followed suit, taking his first head coaching job at Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. In doing so, he became one of the youngest head coaches in all of College basketball. His first season was as good of a debut he could have asked for as the Mocks dominated the league with a 29-6 record and were both the Southern season and tournament Conference champions. In response, McCall was named the league’s coach of the year. Eventually, the Mocks were awarded an impressive 12 seed in the NCAA tournament but bowed out in the first round to an Indiana Hoosiers team with four future NBA players in Yogi Ferrell (Dallas Mavericks), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors) Troy Williams (Houston Rockets), and Thomas Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers). Last season, Chattanooga took a step down but still managed a 19-12 (10-8) record which was good for fourth in the conference. In his time there, McCall put together a cumulative record of 48-18 and a notable mark of 24-4 in home games.



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