Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
One of the top assistant coaches in the nation, Matt Brady is in his 11th season patrolling the sidelines at Saint Joseph's University. After joining the Hawks as a restricted earnings aide in 1993, Brady is now the veteran among assistants in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Only Dan Kenney, 17 seasons, has more tenure as a Hawk assistant. Phil Martelli is third on the all-time list, serving 10 seasons as a Hawk assistant prior to taking over as head coach of the team in 1995. Recognized not just for his ability as a recruiter of high-level student-athletes, Brady, recognized this past season as an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year, is one of the best shooting coaches in the game today. Under his tutelage, the Hawks set new school-records for three-pointers made in a game (16 vs. Temple) and season (276) during the 1996-97 season. Five players on the 1997 NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" team made over 30 three-pointers, led by Brady's star pupil, Rashid Bey (70). In 2000-01, four players hit 30 or more three-pointers, led by Marvin O'Connor's school-record 99 treys. SJU also led the A-10 in field goal percentage (.482) for the first time since the 1983-84 season. In 2001-02, the Hawks bettered that, having four players hit for 50 or more treys. Individually, O'Connor broke the school record for career three-pointers (231) while Bill Phillips set a SJU record for three-point percentage in a season (.495) and an A-10 record for three-point percentage for a season (.536). Damian Reid also set the all-time SJU record for field goal percentage (.554). Last year, three Hawks hit for 50 or more three-pointers led by sophomore Pat Carroll, who joined Phillips and current assistant Mark Bass (.423, 1994-95) as the only SJU players to lead the A-10 in three-point percentage (76-169, .450). Coinciding with his arrival on Hawk Hill, SJU began a streak of consecutive games of making at least one three-pointer. That streak has now reached 298 games. A standout player at Siena College where he played under former SJU and Siena coach John Griffin, Brady rejoined Griffin as a SJU assistant at the start of the 1993-94 season. Prior to his arrival on Hawk Hill, he served four seasons as an assistant at Wagner College. While at Siena, Brady was a three-year starter under Griffin, twice earning all-North Atlantic Conference honors. He finished his collegiate career in 1987 with the highest career assist total in Siena history, while also ranking among the Indians' top 15 all-time scorers. He was elected to the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. The 38-year old began his coaching career as the part-time assistant at Rhode Island, serving on the Rams staff during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 campaigns. There, he was a part of URI's 1988 NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" team. That team posted a record of 28-7. In 1989 he moved to Wagner, joining one of Griffin's Siena aides, Tim Capstraw, who had taken over as head coach of the Seahawks. Brady helped Wagner engineer the second best turnaround in Division I during the 1991-92 season, as the team improved to 16-12 from 4-26. The improvement continued the next year, as Wagner posted an 18-12 mark, advancing to the championship game of the Northeast Conference. A native of the suburban Philadelphia area, Haddon Hts., N.J., Brady attended Paul VI High School in Haddon Township. He resides in Broomall, Pa. with his wife Mary and their three-year-old son, Matthew Logan and twins Cole and Griffin. .