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The 2013-14 season will be Matt Corkery's sixth as the head coach at American University and his ninth overall on the staff. Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, Corkery has accumulated a 101-53 career record at the helm, including a 54-16 mark in Patriot League play.
In his five seasons, his squads have earned three Patriot League regular season championships, three WNIT berths, two appearances in the Patriot League Championship Game, and he was honored as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. Corkery has coached one Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, one two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, two Patriot League Players of the Year, four Patriot League All-Rookie Team honorees, eight All-Patriot League selections, and 23 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll picks.
Corkery has already etched his place in the Patriot League record books with his .656 career winning percentage, which is second best all-time in conference history. Kevin Morris, who coached at Fordham from 1993-95, previously owned the best career winning percentage in Patriot League history with his .678 mark. Additionally, Corkery's .771 career Patriot League winning percentage is also the best amongst coaches in league history. During the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, he also became the second-fastest coach in conference history and fastest in program history to reach 100 career wins.
In 2012-13, Corkery helmed an Eagles' squad with just one upperclassman to a 15-14 record and 8-6 mark in Patriot League play. American excelled both on and off the court, as Alexis Dobbs became the team's first repeat Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient since Liz Hayes '08. Additionally, Dobbs and sophomore Jen Dumiak were named First Team Academic All-District, marking the program's first time ever with multiple honorees.
Corkery led the Eagles to a historic 2011-12 season where they recorded the first-ever 14-0 Patriot League regular season in conference history. American's 23-8 overall record matched a program record for most wins in a single season and its 15-game winning streak during the campaign set a new program standard. AU also reached its fourth WNIT in the last five seasons and Corkery earned his second Patriot League Coach of the Year honor in the previous three seasons. Additionally, American won four of the five Patriot League major awards with Corkery's Coach of the Year, Lisa Strack earning Patriot League Player of the Year honors, Ebony Edwards as the Defensive Player of the Year, and Alexis Dobbs as the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In 2010-11, the Eagles earned a share of their second straight Patriot League regular season crown with a 10-4 record. AU reached the Patriot League Championship Game for the second consecutive season after winning at Lehigh, the league's two-time defending champion, in an overtime thriller in the semifinals. American finished with 22 victories on the season, matching the 2009-10 team for the second-most single-season wins in program history.
The 2009-10 campaign, Corkery's second as the head coach, was a historic season for the Eagles as they finished Patriot League play with a 13-1 Patriot League record, their best ever conference record to that point. This 13-1 mark earned AU a share of the Patriot League regular season championship. American's 22-10 overall record gave the Eagles only their fourth ever 20-win season, and the 22 triumphs were the second-most in school history. As a result, AU was rewarded with its program-record third straight postseason berth and Corkery was tabbed as the conference's coach of the year.
In Corkery's inaugural season of 2008-09, he led American to a 19-12 record, which included the program's second consecutive postseason appearance. The Eagles' 10-5 non-conference record was the best in program history, and their 19 total victories were the most since the 1997-98 campaign. The Eagles defeated two NCAA Tournament teams, Drexel and Lehigh, during the season.
In addition to on-the-court success, Corkery has helped bring increased interest to the program. The Eagles have set new attendance record in Bender Arena twice during his tenure, the first time occuring on February 7, 2009, when 1,177 fans saw the Eagles defeat Lehigh, 65-56. A year later on February 13, 2010, 1,291 spectators came out to Bender to watch American roll 82-47 past Colgate.
"We are pleased with the progress that Matt and his staff have made with our women's basketball program over the last three years both on and off the court," commented Director of Athletics and Recreation Keith Gill. "He is a great teacher of the game and his passion for this team will translate into continued success for this program. We're excited for what this season and the future will bring."
Corkery was named to his current position on May 19, 2008 after
serving as AU's associate head coach during the 2007-08 campaign,
which saw the Eagles earn the program's first-ever Patriot League
regular season championship and berth in the WNIT. In 2007, he was
elevated from assistant coach/recruiting coordinator to associate
head coach. With the promotion, Corkery assumed additional
responsibilities both on and off the court.
Corkery joined the Eagles in 2004 after spending three seasons as the associate head coach at Division II Emporia State (Kan.). During his tenure with the Hornets, Corkery helped guide the squad to a 63-25 record and No. 2 rankings nationally in both the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons.
Corkery served as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin University from 1999-2001. During his tenure, the Ladyjacks won consecutive Southland Conference titles and made successive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2000, the Ladyjacks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I Tournament as a 12-seed. Corkery's squad recorded a 54-11 record during his tenure at Stephen F. Austin.
From 1996 to 1999, as head coach at Howard College (Texas), he led the Lady Hawks to three top 10 rankings in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls and an overall record of 90-12. In 1998, Corkery was named the NJCAA Region V Coach of the Year, as his squad compiled a 34-3 record and finished in third-place in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Corkery earned a Bachelor's degree in education in 1993 and a Master's of sports and exercise sciences in 1996 from West Texas A&M University. While with the Lady Buffs, Corkery worked his way up from student assistant coach to graduate assistant and eventually earned a full-time assistant coaching position. As an assistant, Corkery mentored a Buffs squad that went 28-3, won the Lone Star Conference title and was ranked as high as No. 4 in the NCAA Division II national rankings in the 1995-96 campaign. The team's record during Corkery's tenure as an assistant at West Texas A&M was 120-32.
A native of Whitharral, Texas, Corkery currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Corkery By the Numbers in his 4 seasons at
101 wins (101-53 record)
54 Patriot League triumphs (54-16 record)
52 home victories (52-18 in Bender Arena)
33 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections
8 All-Patriot League picks (Michelle Kirk - 2009, 10; Liz Leer - 2010, 11; Lisa Strack - 2011, 12; Alexis Dobbs - 2012, 13)
4 Patriot League All-Rookie Team honorees (Ebony Edwards - 2009; Lisa Strack - 2009; Alexis Dobbs - 2011, Jen Dumiak - 2012)
3 Patriot League Regular Season Championships (2010, 11, 12)
3 20-win seasons (22-10 in 2009-10; 22-9 in 2010-11; 23-8 in 2011-12)
3 WNIT berths (2009, 10, 12)
2 Patriot League Championship Game appearances (2010, 11)
2 Patriot League Players of the Year (Michelle Kirk - 2010, Lisa Strack - 2012)
2 Patriot League Coach of the Year honors (2010, 12)
2 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors (Alexis Dobbs - 2012, 13)
1 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year (Ebony Edwards - 2012)