Hemer Adds Rachelle Matthys to Canisius Women’s Basketball Staff

Canisius women’s basketball head coach Scott Hemer announced the addition of Rachelle Matthys to his staff Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re very excited to add someone with Rachelle’s background to our staff,” said Hemer. “Her experience, both as a head coach as well as a former Division I student-athlete is exactly what we were hoping to add during our search. Having the opportunity to hire an assistant who specializes in fitness and player development is a tremendous benefit for our student-athletes.”

Matthys comes to Canisius after spending the last four years as the head coach at Medaille College. While at the helm, she led the Mavericks to 42 overall victories, with 35 coming against Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponents. In addition to leading the Medaille program to three post-season berths, she also coached the AMCC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and five All-AMCC members. The Mavericks advanced to the AMCC Championship game in 2017-18, the school’s first championship game appearance since 2011-12, under Matthys.

While at Medaille, Rachelle coached Team USA during the United World Games in 2015 and 2016. Her teams earned silver and bronze medals during her two summers, and she was named Student-Athlete World Coach of the Year in 2015.

Matthys also has coaching experience overseas with Girls Basketball Regio and Osnabruck SportsClub in Germany, Durham University Schools Programme in England and Active After School Communities in Austria.

Matthys played collegiately for the University at Buffalo from 2005-09 under current Golden Griffins assistant coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. While at Buffalo, Matthys was a four-year letterwinner and co-captain. She went on to play professionally in Austria, England and Germany, highlighted by a 2011 Championship Title for the OKE Panthers of Germany.

The Canisius women’s basketball team will officially open the 2018-19 season at home on Nov. 9, when they take on Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m.

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