In the hallowed halls of NCCS basketball legends, none looms quite so large as Coach Greg Matta. During the past 12 years as our Eagles varsity boys head coach, Coach Matta has led the team to a 304-59 overall win-loss record, with one Sweet 16 finish, eight Elite Eight finishes, one State Final Four, two State Championships, one National Division I Final Four, and one National Division I Championship. So, to say he’s an asset to our school is an understatement.
Now, after over a decade serving as a force for NCCS boys basketball, Coach Matta has strategically chosen to share his immense expertise and influence with our girls varsity basketball team as the new girls head coach. “I have worked closely with the girls over the years and have observed immense, unmet potential in this program,” says Coach Matta. “I am now ready to pass the torch of the foundations we have laid with the boys program and to help build the girls program to that same level.”
Coach Matta played an integral role in helping recruit the torch-bearer who will take his place as head coach for the varsity boys, Aric Mawdesley. Mawdesley comes to NCCS with 19 years of experience coaching basketball at both the high school and college level. Most recently, he has served as the varsity boys head coach at Berrien County High School in Nashville, Georgia, overcoming an inherited losing record of 5-73 to become a championship-level team, climbing to 3rd in the region and reaching a ranking of 8th in the state.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to become part of a basketball program with such a rich tradition of success," says Coach Mawdesley. "I have known about NCCS for a long time and even recruited some of their players when I was coaching at the college level. I am looking forward to continuing that success and helping our young men reach their full potential as players and as a team." Mawdesley brings his wife of 19 years, Kara, and their children, Mekhi, 15, and Amara, 12, to the NCCS community.
Coach Matta and Coach Mawdesley plan to work closely to continue the strong tradition of championship basketball at NCCS. “Coach Matta’s decision to breathe new life into our girls program, coupled with bringing on Coach Mawdesley, is a big win-win for our players and for our school,” affirms Head of School Todd Clingman, noting that Michael Matta, Coach Matta’s son, will also remain in his current roles as the JV coach and assistant varsity boys coach. “With such a dynamic coaching team, there’s a very bright future ahead for NCCS basketball.”
Coach Matta met with the varsity boys and girls teams today during lunchtime, to personally discuss the transition. A meet-and-greet is also being held for basketball parents and players to meet Coach Aric Mawdesley on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the NCCS Media Center. All basketball parents and players are invited to attend.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email NCCS Athletics Director Mike Timms at email@example.com. We are very excited about this transition and what it means for the basketball program at North Cobb Christian School. Thank you for helping welcome Coach Mawdesley to the Eagles family!