Jarred Samples ('01) completed his 11th season as University of Dallas men's basketball head coach. He became the winningest coach for the program on December 29, 2018, in a 90-84 final at Colorado College. The team also drained an individual game record 15 three-pointers. Samples finished the season at 121 career victories, which is now 10 above the next highest, Brian Stanfield, who coached Samples as a player.
The 2018-19 campaign was a sub .500 record (11-17), but Samples led Dallas to its first ever SCAC Men's Basketball Championship Appearance and played in the league's first ever double overtime game in a championship contest. The Crusaders secured the fifth seed in the conference tournament. They upset fourth-seeded Schreiner University and first-seeded Southwestern University, who were regular season co-champions with tournament host and eventual champion Texas Lutheran University.
Michael Wambsganss netted All-SCAC Second Team, while Dustin Mathis was an all-conference honorable mention. Ben Norton and Joshua Nunn claimed United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National All-Academic Team honors.
In 2017-18, the Crusaders exceeded league expectations by tying second with an 8-6 record and reaching the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament for the first time since 2014-15. Samples guided a squad that had been selected eighth in the conference preseason coaches' poll to an overall record of 15-11, which ranks as one of the highest winning campaigns all-time.
Samples surpassed 100 career wins on December 2, 2017 in an 82-65 victory over Johnson & Wales University (CO). He was just the second coach at UD to break the century mark, and ranked a win shy of the all-time mark with 110.
Spencer Levi stoodout his freshman season, as he racked up postseason accolades under Samples' guidance. This included: d3hoops.com National Rookie of the Year, South Region Rookie of the Year, All-South Region Second Team, SCAC Newcomer of the Year, and All-SCAC First Team. Darrius Colvin was voted on an All-SCAC team consecutive years, with a spot on the second team this season. Michael Wambsganss rounded out the trio of All-SCAC Teams with his first selection. The total number of SCAC All-Conference winners for UD under Samples' guidance is now 21.
Levi and Colvin earned United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American recognition, while Solomon Berezin was named to the USCAA National All-Academic Team. 34 players have been named to the SCAC Winter Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll since 2013-14.
In 2017-16, Samples placed three players named to SCAC All-Conference teams, which included: Darrius Colvin, Lorenzo Gonzalez, and Michael Sarrat. Sarrat became the 15th player in the program to reach at least 1,000 career points, and finished his career ranked 11th all-time at UD with 1,071. Tom Kaiser, earned USCAA National All-Academic Team for the 3rd straight year. Kaiser the points (45) and field goals (21) records as Dallas tied a school record 136 points versus Rhodes College.
In 2015-16, Samples had another trio of players earned All-SCAC Honorable Mention including: Michael Sarrat, Lorenzo Gonazlez, and Tom Kaiser. Kaiser was successful off the court and in the classroom with a recognition on the USCAA National All-Academic Team. Sarrat earned an All-American honor with the USCAA, too.
He guided the 2014-15 squad to match a program-record 18 victories, which matched 2000-01 and 2002-03. Dallas went 7-0 to start to year, the second-best undefeated run since 2000-01 when that unit rattled off 12 in a row. The final record was a six-win improvement overall and two contests better within conference action.
After going 18-9 (7-7 SCAC), the Crusaders notched the fourth-seed in the SCAC and won their first tournament contest since joining the league four seasons ago. It was the first SCAC Semi-finals trip as UD topped Colorado College in the opening tilt of the conference tournament hosted in Irving, Texas. In the Semi-finals, the Navy and White were unable to get past Texas Lutheran University, who eventually claimed the championship.
He had a trio of senior starters claim All-Conference Men's Basketball selections that included: Aaron Wyatt, Kym Malone, and Mark Promberger. Wyatt earned All-SCAC Second Team, while Malone and Promberger received Third Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.
In addition, Samples helped place six Crusaders named to the Association of Division III Independents' (AD3I) All-Independent Men's Basketball Team, two tabbed to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) All-Conference Men's Basketball Team and five pegged as United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Men's Basketball All-Americans. Ross Davidson was heralded as the 2010-11 AD3I Men's Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year.
Dallas made the SCAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament in their first four seasons competing in the league. In their 2012-13 campaign, the squad reached the SCAC Quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed - a school-best ranking in the bracket.
The 2008-09 and 2009-10 teams netted a combined 2-1 record in the NEAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
Coach Samples spent two seasons (2006-08) as men's basketball assistant coach at the University of Chicago.
The Maroons won back-to-back University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Samples was part of a men's basketball staff which was named UAA Coaching-Staff-of-the-Year for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
He was men's basketball assistant coach for five seasons (2001-06) at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
The Pirates were 2004-05 SCAC Men's Basketball regular-season Co-Champions (11-3), had the SCAC Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Year, three All-SCAC Men's Basketball First Team honorees and the university's first National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-American.
Coach Samples has served as a men's basketball camp instructor at Princeton University (2008), Harvard University (2008), Southwestern University (Texas; 2002-05), the University of North Carolina (2005), Georgetown University (2005) and the University of Kansas (2000-05).
A four-year letterwinner in basketball and golf at the University of Dallas, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Also the assistant athletics director, he resides in Carrollton, Texas, with wife Sarah, daughter Addison and son Max.
- Twitter: @CoachMattGrahn
- Bremerton, Wash.
BA Eastern Washington University 2003
M.Ed. Concordia University Texas 2010
Matt Grahn enters his ninth season as the recruiting coordinator for the University of Dallas Athletics Department. He assists in recruiting efforts for all 15 of the varsity athletic programs.
- Matt Grahn completed his eighth season as a volunteer assistant coach on Jarred Samples' staff at the University of Dallas. His main duties include coordination of recruiting and post player development. Grahn aided in the recruitment and development of 2011 Association of Division-III Independents' (AD3I) Rookie of the Year and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American post player, Ross Davidson. Grahn helped lead Dallas to a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament appearance in 2011-12, Dallas' first season in the league. Grahn also was involved with helping d3hoops.com National Rookie of the Year and SCAC Newcomer of the Year, Spencer Levi, in 2017-18. In 2018-19, Grahn was part of the team's SCAC Tournament run to the first Men's Basketball Championship appearance in the program's history.
From 2007-2010, Grahn was an assistant coach at Concordia University (Texas), where he was instrumental in orchestrating an offense which led the American Southwest Conference (ASC) in scoring all three years (top 12 in NCAA-III). Grahn helped Concordia reach the ASC Conference Tournament all three years -- the team finished as a runner-up in 2008. Additionally, Grahn mentored Brad Walker, whom was ASC Player of the Year 2010, NABC Small College Player of the Year, and All-Region First Team.
Before joining Stan Bonewitz at Concordia, Grahn spent three of the previous four seasons at Texas Lutheran University working under Tom Oswald. Known for their tough defense and post play, Grahn helped the Bulldogs to lead the ASC in scoring defense in 2004 and 2005, as well as aid in the development of two-time All-American post player and Josten's Award Nominee, Tommy Stolhandske, and 2007 ASC Freshman of the Year, J.C. Herebia.
The 2005-06 season took Grahn to NCAA Division I McNeese State University as an assistant coach. The Cowboys led the Southland Conference in steals per game and were seventh in the nation in that category. Grahn also aided the Cowboys in obtaining the highest GPA in six seasons.
Grahn spent the 2002-03 as an assistant under J.T. Locklear at Seminole State College in Oklahoma. He helped recruit and sign Michael Neal, who ended up finishing his playing career at the University of Oklahoma.
From 2000-2002, Grahn worked as an assistant for Ray Giacoletti at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Grahn worked with the post players, while completing his undergraduate degree.
The 1999-2000 season at Moscow (Idaho) High School was Grahn’s first experience as a head coach. The Bears finished 14-10 and second in Idaho's District 1/2. Grahn's team was three points shy of a state playoff berth to eventual state tournament finalist, Timberline.
From 1994-2000, Grahn served in numerous capacities from video coordinator to director of basketball operations at Washington State University (WSU). During his time at WSU, Grahn worked for head coach Kevin Eastman. The Cougars advanced the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals in 1995, while leading the country in field goal percentage. In 1996, WSU made it the second round of the NIT.
In 2011, Grahn became a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA is a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
Grahn graduated from Olympic High School in Silverdale, Wash., where he earned Most Inspirational honors his senior year. Grahn was married in May 2007 to the former Katheryne Hickman and the two have a daughter, Harleigh and son Easton.
Conaty was named the first University of Dallas men's basketball graduate assistant this past summer. He returns for his second season after serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2017-18 season. He was part of a staff that led the Crusaders to their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Men's Basketball Championship appearance in the program's history.