WILMINGTON, N.C. – New UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Jamie Kachmarik and Matt McMahon to his staff.
The pair served on Peterson’s staff at Appalachian State and will be reunited with the successful coach in Wilmington. Peterson was introduced as UNCW’s head coach on April 16, 2010.
“I’m very happy that both Jamie and Matt will be joining our basketball family,” said Peterson. “I have the utmost confidence that they will boost our recruiting efforts and help our players became better students and athletes. Both Jamie and Matt are hard workers and will be extremely loyal to our program.”
Peterson said that Kachmarik and McMahon will be involved in all phases of the program, including recruiting and day-to-day operations.
“It’s very exciting to be part of the Seahawk family,” said Kachmarik, associate head coach at ASU last season. “In my previous stint in the Colonial Athletic Association, UNCW was one of the top teams in the conference. It’s our goal, as a staff, to bring back UNCW’s winning tradition in basketball.”
Kachmarik has been associated with Peterson for the last five years. He coached with Peterson for two seasons at Coastal Carolina before moving to Boone with Peterson in 2009-10. At ASU, Kachmarik assisted with recruiting, where he built a solid track record in finding budding talent.
As the primary recruiter at Coastal, Kachmarik signed one Big South Player-of-the-Year pick, two Big South Freshmen-of-the-Year and four Big South All-Freshman selections. The Chanticleers won 83 games during his tenure and posted a 20-win season in 2005-06. The 2005-06 campaign was Coastal’s first 20-win season since 1992-93.
The 1997 Bowling Green graduate has a history of attracting players that have been successful on and off the court. Kachmarik recruited CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American and 2007-08 Big South Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year Jack Leasure.
Prior to his tenure at Coastal, the 34-year-old spent three seasons at William and Mary, where he worked with former head coach Rick Boyages. He recruited two-time First-Team All-CAA selection and 2004 Academic All-American Adam Hess, along with two All-Rookie selections, to the Willamsburg campus.
Kachmarik started his coaching career as the video coordinator at Ohio State. During his time with the Buckeyes, former coach Jim O’Brien’s squad earned a Big Ten title and a trip to the 1999 Final Four. In Columbus, Kachmarik played a vital role in scouting opponents and organizing summer team camps.
Kachmarik and Peterson originally crossed paths in 2000 when Peterson and the Mountaineers squared off against the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament.
Kachmarik and his wife, Cori, have two children; Drew, 3, and daughter, Ava, 1.
McMahon, who was ranked 12th on a list of top mid-major coaches by CollegeInsider.com, served 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State before moving to the coast with Peterson. In 2008, he was voted as the sixth best mid-major assistant coach nationally in a survey of 450 NCAA Division I assistant coaches conducted by FoxSports.com.
“My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to join Coach Peterson at UNCW,” said McMahon. “We’re looking forward to coaching these student-athletes and recruiting relentlessly to build on the winning tradition at UNCW.”
Following a successful playing career at ASU, McMahon made the transition from player to coach when he was named to former ASU head coach Houston Fancher’s inaugural staff on Aug. 2, 2000. McMahon spent the first part of the 2001-02 season at Tennessee as an administrative graduate assistant under Peterson and later returned to ASU.
First as a player and then as an assistant coach, McMahon has been a part of three of ASU’s four post-season appearances. The Mountaineers recently completed the winningest four-year stretch in school history with 80 wins from 2007-10. McMahon recruited 2009 Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year Donald Sims, who led the nation in three-point shooting and free throw percentage, and wound up third among the nation in points scored.
A two-year starter as a player for Appalachian, McMahon started all 32 games for the 1999-2000 Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championship team that finished 23-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. A 6-1 guard, he was a part of the winningest four years in ASU basketball history, wrapping up his career with a 79-39 record under the direction of Peterson. In that span, Appalachian won the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Southern Conference North Division Championships.
A former walk-on, the Oak Ridge, Tenn. native earned an athletic scholarship after three seasons and finished among the team leaders in three-point field goals his final two years. McMahon drained 60-of-132 long-range attempts (.455) during his junior campaign to lead the team in three-point goals, attempts and accuracy.
He ranked in the top 20 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage during the 1998-99 season and was also named to the 1999 SoCon All-Tournament first team.
McMahon averaged 23.8 minutes per contest during the 1999-2000 season. He finished second on the squad in three-point field goal shooting, draining 45-of-132 tries (.341) and free-throw shooting, making good on 34-of-43 (.791). McMahon wrapped up his career at Appalachian seventh on the all-time list with 135 three-point field goals.
McMahon graduated from Appalachian in May of 2000 with a degree in marketing. In the summer of 2005, McMahon married former Furman women’s basketball standout Mary Brock. The couple has a daughter, Maris, 1.
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