Jay Spoonhour‘s staff at Eastern Illinois is beginning to fill out, adding Dejan (Dan) Matic to his staff.
Matic is about as close to a “home” selection as you can get as a coach. Matic was raised in Deerfield, Illinois, and coached this past season “down the road” (according to the news release) at Olney Central College, a NJCAA school. In his one year with Olney, Matic posted 27 wins and took the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championship.
He does have some Division I experience as a part of Rob Jeter’s staff at UW Milwaukee for two seasons as the video and academic coordinator. Perhaps more impressively, during 2009 he served as the video coordinator for USA Basketball joining the team at the World University Games in Serbia.
Matic also has AAU ties, coaching an AAU team for four years. This fact alone leads me to believe Spoonhour expects Matic to take the lead on recruiting.
I think this is a solid hire for Spoonhour, although one could easily say it’s a bit “risky.” His experience at the Division I level is limited, but he has a wide variety of different basketball experiences, leading me to believe he’s used to quickly adapting to a new level. The fact that he’s from the state also leads me to believe that he wants to be at EIU, and should be able to help recruit in that area of Illinois.
Full Press Release from EIUPanthers.com