Wallis Resigns As UTTyler Basketball Coach - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

2/19/07-Tyler

Wallis Resigns As UTTyler Basketball Coach

Matt Wallis has resigned as head coach of The University of Texas at Tyler men's basketball team to pursue other coaching opportunities.

As the first head coach in UT Tyler's history, Wallis put together a four-year record of 36-63. In Coach Wallis's second year, his most successful at UT Tyler, the team finished in second place in the American Southwest Conference with a record of 13-12 overall and 13-9 in conference play. Three of that season's loses were to Division I programs.

"Matt came to UT Tyler five years ago to take on the monumental task of building a new NCAA men's basketball program from scratch," said Dr. Howard Patterson, assistant vice president for student affairs and athletics. "He did a solid job of getting the program started and gaining respect for UT Tyler in the American Southwest Conference."

Continued Patterson, "The University is grateful for the work Matt has done to bring the program to where it is today. We wish Matt nothing but the best in his career as a collegiate basketball coach.  He will be successful."

Wallis's tenure at UT Tyler was marked by some of the toughest non-conference schedules in NCAA Division III, with the Patriots playing eight games against Division I opponents during the last four seasons.  Against non-scholarship schools, Wallis put together a record of 36-53.

During the past four years, UT Tyler's teams have been unable to advance to the conference or NCAA tournaments due to the provisional membership status required of all new NCAA members.  

"Starting the program at UT Tyler and working with these student-athletes over the past four seasons has been a great honor," said Wallis. "I am going to pursue other coaching opportunities, but I will always remember my time at UT Tyler with fondness and I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such great students and fellow staff members."

Prior to coming to UT Tyler in 2002, Wallis served as head boys' basketball coach at Class 2A Tom Bean High School, leading the Tomcats to their first post-season win in eleven years. Wallis also served as first assistant coach for the Montana State University women's basketball program in 2001-2002, helping MSU to a Big Sky Conference championship that season.

Wallis began his career at Austin College, where he was a captain and three-year letterman for the Kangaroos.

Wallis's resignation is effective immediately and a national search for a new head coach will begin Tuesday.  The University plans to have the new head coach in place by May 1.

Assistant coach Larry Jones will handle the day-to-day affairs of the team until the new head coach is named. Wallis will assist with the transition to a new coach.

UT-Tyler Sports Information Office

  • KLTV SportsLocal SportsMore>>

  • NFL Draft 2017

    NFL Draft 2017

  • Lufkin All-Stars advance in winner's bracket after 6-3 win over Conn.

    Lufkin All-Stars advance in winner's bracket after 6-3 win over Conn.

    Monday, August 21 2017 4:54 AM EDT2017-08-21 08:54:28 GMT

    The Lufkin All-Stars are less than an hour away from their second game of the Little League World Series.

    More >>

    The Lufkin All-Stars advance in the winner's bracket after a 6-3 win over Connecticut Sunday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Mahomes throws two touchdown passes in Chiefs second preseason game

    Mahomes throws two touchdown passes in Chiefs second preseason game

    Monday, August 21 2017 12:23 AM EDT2017-08-21 04:23:17 GMT
    Mahomes threw two touchdown passes on Saturday night.Mahomes threw two touchdown passes on Saturday night.

    Just like the Lufkin All-Stars, East Texan Patrick Mahomes is showing the entire country his potential to one day be a franchise quarterback. The 2017 tenth overall pick got some time with the starters in the Chiefs game Saturday night against the Bengals.

    More >>

    Just like the Lufkin All-Stars, East Texan Patrick Mahomes is showing the entire country his potential to one day be a franchise quarterback. The 2017 tenth overall pick got some time with the starters in the Chiefs game Saturday night against the Bengals.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly