McCombs announces hiring of Matt Bamford as assistant coach
July 11, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Matt Bamford has been named an assistant coach of the Stony Brook women’s basketball team by head coach Caroline McCombs. A talented young coach with a knack for identifying talent, Bamford joins the #Seawolves after serving as assistant to the head coach at the University of Michigan for the 2013-14 season.
“I am very excited to have Matt join our Stony Brook staff,” McCombs said. “His experiences at Michigan and as a head coach for the Philadelphia Belles AAU program will be instrumental to our recruiting efforts and player development.”
During his time with the Wolverines, Bamford assisted the coaching staff with identifying and pursuing prospective student-athletes, resulting in a recruiting class for the 2014-15 season that ranks in the top 20 nationally and four top 100 players for the 2015-16 freshman class.
Bamford arrived at Michigan after spending 2009-13 as head coach and director of the Philadelphia Belles AAU program and in business development for Blue Star Basketball. With the Belles, he headed up day-to-day operations of Nike programs at the U17 and U16 level from 2009-13. In his final season, he led his team to Boo Williams Tournament and U.S. Junior National (USJN) titles and the program’s first-ever Nike National championship.
While working with Blue Star, Bamford was responsible for assembling and ranking upcoming years' recruiting classes, developing tournament events and camps and evaluating talent at regional and national USJN events.
Bamford also worked as the associate head coach for the Central Bucks West girls basketball team in Doylestown, Pa., where he helped guide a remarkable turnaround that saw the Bucks go from 0-22 in 2008-09 to 20-8 in 2012-13.
Bamford began his career as a student manager at Drexel from 2008-10 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drexel in 2012.