Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - South Alabama has named Matthew Graves as
the school's next head basketball coach, director of athletics Dr. Joel
Erdmann announced at a press conference on Monday.
Graves spent the last nine seasons with his alma mater, Butler, as an
assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in 2010.
During his time as an assistant with Butler, the team complied a 244-98 record
and made back-to-back trips to the national championship game in 2010 and
"I'm excited to be a Jaguar now," Graves said. "This is not a rebuilding
process. We're going to have sustained success from day one. People will be
proud of us on and off the court."
South Alabama compiled a 17-13 record this past season, including a 14-6 mark
in Sun Belt Conference play. Longtime coach Ronnie Arrow began the season at
the helm, but announced his retirement after just 10 games. Arrow was the
school's and conference's winningest coach.
His replacement, Jeff Price, took over duties as interim head coach and guided
the Jaguars to a 12-8 record and their first postseason appearance in five
years. South Alabama fell to Tulane in the first-round of the
Graves was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Butler and helped the team
advance to its first NCAA Tournament in 35 years during the 1996-97 season. He
finished his Butler playing career with 994 points.
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