Matt Hardy joined the Western Texas men’s basketball coaching staff in September 2019, as Coach Kyle Coopers’ primary assistant.
Hardy comes to WTC after one year coaching at D’Iberville HS (Biloxi, MS) under former University of Mississippi Head Women's Coach, Renee Ladner. The Warriors finished 16-9 and advanced to the MSHAA 6A State Tournament.
Prior to D’Iberville, Hardy was the top assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (NJCAA D1) from 2013 until 2018. The Bulldogs were 87-41 during his tenure and made the MACJC playoffs every season, extending the MACJC record to 21 seasons in a row. Hardy helped lead Gulf Coast to three MACJC Final Fours, and one Region 23 Final Four. The Bulldogs sent 28 players to four year institutions during Hardy’s time in Perkinston and notched 8 NJCAA All Region 23 performers. Davion Cole-Johnson was awarded NJCAA National Player of the Week in January of 2017. The Bulldogs were ranked #17 in the NJCAA poll during the 2015-2016 season. In his five-year tenure, the Bulldog Basketball Program had a 97% graduation rate.
Prior to Gulf Coast, Hardy was a Staff Sergeant in the Active Duty Air Force as a Network Infrastructure Supervisor. He served from May 2005 to June 2013. Hardy earned the Air Force Commendation Medal for his tour in South Korea. He was also stationed in Missouri, Guam, Italy, and Mississippi.
Hardy is a 2005 graduate of West Plains High School (West Plains, MO). He holds a Master of Education in Athletic Administration as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Secondary Education, both from William Carey University (Hattiesburg, MS).
Coach Hardy lives in Snyder with his wife, Jillian.