UTEP men’s basketball coach Terry adds three more to staff

Courtesy: University of Texas at El Paso

This time, Terry has reeled in Brian Burton and Nick Matson as assistant coaches, as well as Mark Gisbertz as director of basketball operations. All three additions to Terry’s staff worked with him at Fresno State.

Burton served as Fresno State’s director of basketball operations for the 2017-18 season. Before he was at Fresno State, he worked as an assistant coach at Lamar from 2014-17.

Burton has been coaching college basketball for 13 years, seven at the Division I level at Abilene Christian and the University of Utah. Before coaching in Division I, he had success at junior colleges such as Richland College, Collin College, Paris Junior College, and Midland College.

“I couldn’t be more excited to not only be back in my home state of Texas, but also to continue working alongside, and learn from, one of the coaches that I’ve always looked up to since the beginning of my career,” Burton said.

Terry is also pleased that he was able to get Burton to come to El Paso.

“He brings tremendous energy, a good eye for talent, and a great rapport with young men,” Terry said.

Nick Matson was part of Terry’s staff for all seven of Terry’s years at Fresno State, form 2011-18.

“Coach Matson has been with me for seven years. He was instrumental in helping build a successful program at Fresno State, and I have no doubt he’s going to do the same at UTEP,” Terry said.

Like Burton, Matson is also eager to get started at UTEP.

“I am extremely excited to join UTEP Basketball and its long tradition of excellence. The passion for Miner Basketball in this great region is second to none,” Matson said.

Mark Gisbertz was also at Fresno State for Terry’s entire tenure there. In 2011, he started out as a student manager before he was promoted to a graduate assistant in 2014. In 2016, he was named Fresno State’s director of player development, a position that he held until 2018.

“I am excited to be in El Paso. Coach Terry has been great to me. It has been an honor to work for, and learn from a guys who has so much experience and who has won at a very high level,” Gisbertz said.

UTEP’s new coaching staff should be able to provide a sense of chemistry and positive relations to the team. Hopefully for Miner fans, that element of chemistry will boil over to the players. Smith, who was hired on Wednesday as an assistant coach, is currently the only member of the Miners staff who never coached at Fresno State.

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