Duquette welcomes Matt Graves to River Hawk staff


LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pat Duquette announced the hiring of Matt Graves as his new assistant coach. Graves comes to UMass Lowell after recently serving as a men’s basketball assistant coach at Clark University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt to our program and look forward to him working with our players,” said Duquette. “He brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach. I know he will have a huge impact on the development of our players on and off the pitch.”

During his only season at Clark in 2021-22, Graves was responsible for recruiting, planning, scouting, development and ground training, working specifically with the team’s forwards and wingers. He helped coach the program to a 10-win improvement over the previous year. Clark also hosted a NEWMAC post-season tournament quarter-final for the first time since the 2012–13 season.

“I am grateful to Coach Duquette for giving me the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the UMass Lowell men’s basketball program,” Graves commented. “I’m very excited to get out there and continue to help our guys improve, while also being able to recruit young men for our growing community. Time to get down to work. Come on River Hawks!”

Prior to Clark, Graves spent two years at Mount St. Mary’s as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations. There, he helped the team win a Northeastern Conference title and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Mount led the NEC and ranked 14and in the nation scoring defense during this time. Nana Opoku also became the third Mountaineer to earn NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

He also spent time as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College from 2013 to 2019 and began coaching at McDaniel College in 2013. His career at Belmont Abbey culminated with a 23-8 season in 2018-19 which included the second Championship team’s consecutive conference tournament. appearance.

A graduate of Belmont Abbey in 2012, Graves was a member of the basketball team for four years. He was active in the sports department there, serving as vice-president of the SAAC. Upon graduation, he received the prestigious Sport Changes Life Victory Scholarship. The Victory Scholarship Scheme assists deserving students from the United States to secure a scholarship scheme to study at Masters level throughout Ireland. While in Ireland, he was also the head coach of the Ulster Elks Premier League men’s basketball team in Northern Ireland. He was captain of the Ulster Elks National League basketball team and an E-Hoops advisor at Sport Changes Life.

Graves received his Masters in Business Studies from Ulster University in 2013 and his Bachelors in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College in 2012.








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