The University of Alabama women’s basketball program has hired Matt Wise as its director of video and creative content, it was announced by head coach Kristy Curry Monday morning.
“We are so thrilled for Matt and his family to join our Alabama women’s basketball family,” said Curry. “He brings great versatility to our staff, having been a player, a graduate manager, a director of player development and an assistant coach. He will bring great passion and next level experience to our program that will enhance our scouting, creative content, player development, and video and analytics. We’re eager to hit the floor this fall with Matt as a part of our program.”
Wise brings more than a decade of experience at the collegiate level to Alabama, both as a student-athlete and a professional. Most recently, he served as a men’s basketball assistant coach at East Tennessee State (2020-21). There, he helped guide the Buccaneers to a winning record, including an 8-7 mark in the Southern Conference, before reaching the semifinal game in the league’s tournament in March.
Before that, Wise served as a men’s basketball assistant coach at the University of Wyoming (2019-20), his second stint in Laramie.
Prior to his second stop at Wyoming, he spent the 2018-19 season as the men’s basketball assistant coach at Little Rock. In his one season there, Wise played an integral role in coaching guard Rayjon Tucker to All-Sun Belt honors after averaging 20.3 points per game, which ranked fourth in the conference. Tucker became just the fifth player in program history to eclipse the 600-point threshold with 610 points, while he also ranked fourth in points per game.
In Wise’s first stop at Wyoming, he served as the men’s basketball assistant director of player development (2013-18). During that time, he saw the Cowboys make three postseason appearances, which included a Mountain West Conference tournament title and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2014-15, following a 25-win campaign. The 25 wins were the most by a Wyoming team since winning 26 in 1988, while it marked the Cowboys’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. Following that season, Larry Nance Jr. – the 2015 MWC Player of the Year – was selected 27th overall in NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Under Wise’s watch, Wyoming won 20 straight non-conference home games between 2015-17, resulting in the second-longest win streak in program history.
Before his first stop at Wyoming, Wise spent two seasons as a men’s basketball graduate assistant at the University of Florida where the Gators made back-to-back Elite Eight appearances. Wise’s responsibilities with the Gators included conducting advanced statistical research, assisting with on-court workouts, helping with video editing, promoting and marketing summer camps and assisting the director of operations with daily tasks for the program.
Wise was a four-year letterwinner at Transylvania University (2007-11), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. There, he guided the Pioneers to an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. In 2013, he graduated with a master’s degree in sport management from Florida.
He and his wife Katie have two children, Addy and Jack. Matt is the son of Mark Wise, a college basketball broadcaster, and Mary Wise, head volleyball coach at UF.