April 25, 2012
Mattio to rejoin Kellogg on bench at Northwest
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Mark Kellogg, Northwest Missouri State head women’s basketball coach, announced the addition of Kristen Mattio to his staff on Wednesday. The two recently spent the previous five seasons together at Fort Lewis College.
“Kristen has been the backbone to our success over the past five seasons,” Kellogg said. “I am completely thrilled that she has decided to join me at Northwest Missouri State. We complement each other extremely well and she will be a huge asset in building this women’s basketball program on and off the court.”
Mattio will rejoin Kellogg after five seasons on the Skyhawk bench as his top assistant where she saw Fort Lewis College (FLC) go 143-20 and 93-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Together they captured three straight RMAC regular season titles and two RMAC tournament championships in 2010-11 and in 2011-12.
During her tenure at FLC, the Skyhawks made a trip to the NCAA Division II tournament in each season. The highlight was the 2009-10 squad which saw the Skyhawks go 35-4 and advance to the national championship game where they fell to MIAA member Emporia State.
While at FLC, Mattio played an important role in the academic success of the Skyhawks earning Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll accolades three straight seasons. The 2010-11 team not only finished with the highest team GPA in NCAA Division II, but was the top ranked team in all five levels – Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college – of women’s basketball.
She also played a vital role in the national emergence of Fort Lewis. Her main duties included coaching guards, assisting in recruiting, scouting opponents, academics, and community relations.
Prior to coming to Fort Lewis, she spent one season as the assistant at Memphis Central High School in Memphis, Tenn., leading her team to a 25-8 record. While in Memphis, Mattio also worked with and coached youth at Memphis Athletic Ministries.
She previously served as an assistant coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Mattio first worked with Kellogg at Montana State University during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, where they were both assistant coaches. While at Montana State, Mattio was responsible for the Bobcats’ academics, film exchange, recruiting, and community affairs.
Mattio also spent one season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Evangel University, in Springfield, Mo., where her team reached the elite eight in the NAIA Division II National Championships and posted a 29-9 record.
She was the point guard and team captain for the Lady Crusaders and played an instrumental role in leading Evangel to the NAIA II Sweet Sixteen. She led her team to two NAIA tournament appearances and three Heart of America Conference titles (2000-01, 2000-02, 2002-03). She was a two-time all-conference selection. As a freshman, Mattio played at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn.
She graduated from Evangel in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Management. In 2006, she earned her Master of Science degree in Sports and Wellness Leadership from Austin Peay.
Mattio prepped at Dickson High School in Dickson, Tenn., and led her team to the state tournament twice.
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