CHHS Hires New Boys Basketball Coach
District Hires New Head Boys Basketball Coach
Experienced high school coach with winning record was semi-pro player
Cedar Hill ISD has hired Mike Mathews, a high school basketball coach from New York and former four-year Atlantic Coast Conference player from Florida State University, to lead the Cedar Hill High School boys basketball team.
According to Cedar Hill ISD leadership, his ability to develop relationships with the community, parents and players made him standout among potential candidates. “He founded a basketball program for kids that grew to more than 150 players and eight coaches in less than four years,” said athletic director Gina Farmer. In 2013 Mathews founded Hoop Strong while simultaneously serving as the assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School located in White Plains, New York. The following year his grassroots team won the 2014 Amateur Athletic Union U14 Division II National Championship. “Cedar Hill has a winning basketball program and we wanted someone who could build upon our strong foundation and help our students become outstanding players and even better young men,” said Farmer.
Prior to the start of his coaching career, he attended and graduated from FSU and then went on to play professional basketball in Europe and South America. Additionally, he played for the Harlem Globetrotters and the Harlem Wizards.
Mathews said the decision to move to Texas was based on family. “My wife is originally from Cedar Hill and I’m from Florida. We wanted to be closer to home.” Mathews and his wife Aisha have two 12-year-old daughters, Zoe and Taylor, and an 8-month-old son named MJ.
In addition to coaching basketball, Mathews will teach physical education at Cedar Hill High School and students already call him “Coach Mike.”
Mathews earned a bachelor’s of science in sports management from FSU and upon graduation he was among the top five players in career blocked shots.