Matt Wallis begins his third year as Schreiner University's head coach for Women's Basketball.
Before Matt became Schreiner University's head coach
he was the Assistant
Women's Basketball Coach at fellow-ASC member
UT-Dallas for the
past two years under head coach Polly Thomason.
The two were a formidable team, re-writing all the UTD single season records during that time. In
2006-07, the Lady Comets set the then-school record
for wins and had the first winning season in the
program's history by going 16-10 overall and 12-8 in
the ASC East. This past year, the Lady Comets
took off, winning 21 games to only five losses,
winning the ASC East Division, sweeping the ASC West
Division in the process and earning the program's
first recognition in the national top 25.
Success and Wallis are not anything unusual.
The Arlington, TX native was a three year member of
men's team at Austin College. In his senior
year, he was named captain, earned All-ASC honors
(both playing and academic) and helped lead his team
to the ASC Championship. He began his coaching
career there as a graduate assistant in 1997.
In 1999-2000, he guided the men's team at Tom Bean
high school to its first bi-district championship in
any sport in 11 years. The next year he moved
to an assistant women's basketball position at Texas
Wesleyan (NCAA Division II) and the team earned its
first regional ranking in the school's history.
He moved to Division I and spent the 2001-02 year as
an assistant women's coach at NCAA Division I
Montana State and the team went on to win it's first
conference championship in nine years.
Wallis took a trip over to coach on the men's side
when he was named head coach for another ASC member,
UT-Tyler, for their new program in 2002. In
his second season at the helm, the Patriots finished
second in the ASC East Division but Wallis resigned
after four years of coaching to return to the
women's game that was the core of his experience.
Known as a tremendous skill developer and teacher of
the game and a tireless worker both on and off the
court, he is also passionate about the academic
success of his players.
He graduated from Arlington HS in 1992, earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education in
1997 from Austin College and added his Master of
Science degree in Kinesiology from Texas
A&M-Commerce in 1998.