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Chaminade head basketball coach Mahar going to Assumption

Matt Mahar Photo courtesy Maurice Maggiolino and Chaminade University Matt Mahar Photo courtesy Maurice Maggiolino and Chaminade University

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Chaminade men's head basketball coach Matt Mahar has been named as the men's basketball head coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., according to Greyhounds athletic director Ted Paulauskas.

"The timing was right and it's a great opportunity for me," Maher said. "It's close to home, but I'll miss Hawaii big time."

Mahar becomes the 12th head coach at Assumption. The naming of Mahar caps a national search to replace Serge DeBari, who retired following the 2010-2011 season. Mahar begins his duties on May 23.

"Coach Mahar is a great fit for Assumption," said Paulauskas. "He is a proven winner and an excellent recruiter who strongly believes in the mission of the College."

Mahar comes to Assumption from Chaminade University in Honolulu, where he has served as the men's basketball head coach and the assistant athletic director since 2005. During his five-year tenure, the Silverswords have compiled a 101-64 overall record that includes wins over Division I opponents Oklahoma, Princeton and Villanova at the Maui Invitational.

A two-time Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year, Mahar has guided his team to three PacWest Championships (2006, 2008, 2011) and three berths in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The winningest coach in Chaminade history, Mahar has coached two All-Americans and five All-Region players during his time in Hawaii.

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to become the next head coach at Assumption College," said Mahar. "The Greyhounds have a storied basketball history and I am proud to have been selected from such a great pool of candidates. Coach DeBari leaves behind a strong group of young players who represent the College so well. It's with great excitement that I take on this challenge."

Prior to taking over as the program's head coach, Mahar served as the assistant coach and sports information director for Chaminade from 2002-2005. In addition, he was also the interim athletic director during the 2005-2006 season, during which the school added three Pacific West Conference sports with men's and women's soccer and women's basketball.

"The national interest in this position speaks to the tradition of success of the Assumption men's basketball program," said Paulauskas. "It also shows the respect that people show for the educational experience that Assumption has to offer and the strong reputation that the College has throughout the country."

Mahar got his start in college coaching in the Northeast as he served as an assistant coach at Champlain College (Vt.) from 2000-2002, an assistant coach for Division I University of Vermont during the 1997-1998 season and started as an assistant at Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) in 1996-1997.

A 1996 graduate of Johnson State College (Vt.), Mahar graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.

Assumption College men's basketball program is one of just three New England Division II schools with 1,000 all-time victories, surpassing that plateau in the 2007-2008 season.

The Greyhounds have made 26 all-time appearances in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, claiming seven regional titles. In addition, Assumption has captured four Northeast-10 Tournament Championships and posted 15 20-win seasons.

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