Director of Basketball Operations
Dan Matic is in his second season serving as director of basketball operations for the St. John’s men’s basketball program.
Matic provides day-to-day administrative support for the program and assists in organizing on-campus recruiting activities. His responsibilities also include coordinating travel, managing game day operations, maintaining the team’s calendar, and serving as the program liaison for athletic administrative areas along with community service.
Matic came to St. John’s with a variety of experience from the NCAA Division I, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), junior college and international levels.
The Brooklyn native previously spent two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of South Alabama on Matthew Graves’ staff. In each of his two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15), Matic helped assemble a recruiting class that was the highest rated in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked in the top-80 nationally. The Jaguars signed 15 players during his two seasons in Mobile, Ala.
Prior to South Alabama, Matic was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois for the 2012-13 campaign. With Matic on staff, the Panthers qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in three years, while one of his recruits, Alex Austin, led all OVC freshmen in scoring.
Matic began his collegiate coaching career in 2011-12 as an assistant at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill. In his one season at OCC, the Blue Knights won 27 games and captured the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship for the first time in 14 years. Olney earned a second place finish in the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament, the school’s best finish since 1994. Matic also mentored GRAC Player of the Year Trivante Bloodman during his time at Olney.
As a video coordinator for USA Basketball in 2009, Matic accompanied the team to the World University Games in Serbia. Team USA, led by Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, took home the bronze medal. Matic then moved on to Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two seasons, serving as a graduate assistant and academic mentor under head coach Rob Jeter. During his tenure, the Panthers won the Horizon League regular-season championship and participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Wisconsin-Milwaukee also received the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Associate Scholar-Athlete recognition during Matic’s tenure as the program’s Academic Mentor.
Matic launched his coaching career in 2001 with the AAU program Team Takeover in New York City. He spent six years as the head coach, leading the team to a sixth place finish at AAU nationals in 2005. The program produced 16 NCAA Division I players during his tenure, including future NBA players Devin Ebanks and Ed Davis.
Matic lettered four years at Trinity International and pursued a professional playing career in Cyprus.