Matt H., Manhattan Beach, CA Basketball Coach

Matt H.



Former D-1 starter and current international player with 3 years of private coaching experience. Specializes as a shooting coach. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
  • United States Air Force Academy (CO)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility


  • United States Air Force Academy (CO)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

Introduction Video

More About Coach Matt

My most significant coaching experience has been leading the US All-Armed Forces men's basketball team to a gold medal in the 2014 SHAPE International Tournament at the NATO headquarters installation in Mons, Belgium. I served as Head Coach and Team Captain for the team that beat Canada, Italy, Latvia, and Lithuania to win the Gold. The US All-Armed Forces team is comprised of the top players in active duty Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

I've been giving private instruction off and on for the past three years but I've led numerous camps at the high school and college level for over a decade.

I teach and mentor players based on my own experiences and from the techniques I learned from coaches I've had throughout my life. I was a fairly raw player in high school but developed under a former longtime NBA coach in college who helped my game tremendously, so I fully appreciate and understand the benefit of quality, focused instruction.

I feel that I have a significant ability to connect with and teach younger players while motivating them to push themselves and fully realize their own potential. My goal is to teach specific skills that will improve their game and help develop habits that will enable them to continue to progress as they pursue their goals on and off the court.

*It's not only the hours you put in, but what you put in the hours. Everybody at this level has talent and works hard. Effective coaching, mentorship, and focus on skill development goes a long way for athletes trying to make the next level.

4 Time US All-Armed Forces Team Captain (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
2 Time NATO Tournament MVP - 2010, 2014 (Belgium)
2 Time NATO Tournament Gold Medalist - 2010, 2014 (Belgium)
CISM Military World Games Bronze Medalist - 2011 (Brazil)
Armed Services Tournament Gold Medalist - 2010, 2012 (Air Force)

College (US Air Force Academy, 2006-2009)
NIT Final Four - 2007
NCAA Tournament - 2006
Team Captain 2008-09
Led Air Force in 3pt%, Shooting%, FT%, Steals, & Blocks (2009)

High School
#6 All-time JJ Pearce Scoring
1st Team All Conference Jr and Sr years
Team Captain/MVP 2003, 2004
State Finalist for High Jump

Workouts will depend upon the needs of the player, but will include a quick warm up and about 5-10 minutes of ball handling drills.

I prefer to work with wing players who face the basket, but can incorporate a number of drills for point guards and bigs as well. I was a fairly versatile player in college and can help players in each position, however my expertise is in creating a shot for yourself as a guard/wing.

I do all drills at game speed and play simulated defense in situations where it is appropriate. I like to make use of learning points during drills, but aim to maintain a high tempo throughout the workout.

All workouts should be fun but challenging. I'm a fun loving, easy going coach, but like to push my athletes to get outside their comfort zone and focus on improvement.

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Client Reviews

Matt was great. My son instantly respected him and followed his instruction with enthusiasm. I asked Matt to focus on shooting and thought the training was excellent. My son loved it and we are both looking forward to more sessions to continue improving his game. Highly recommend Matt for some one on one coaching.

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I would definitely recommend Coach Matt! We met for a semi-private session to give some of our younger boys a little tune up before their season begins. The session was very effective! Lots of personal instruction to go around. We're going to try to get in a few more sessions to build on this. The boys are very excited for their next work out with Coach Matt.

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Matt has done a great job with my son so far. He is very patient with him and focuses on the fundamentals.

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I brought my son (12) to Matt for help with his shooting form. What a difference after only 3 sessions! My son was taking more shots, making more shots and became much more confident within game. Matt works on footwork, ball handling, dribbling, receiving a pass, layups, jumpers and much more. Matt is punctual and very responsive! Highly recommended for anyone with a desire to improve their shooting skills.

I really loved working with Coach Matt. After going through some shooting drills, he immediately recognized what could be improved in my shot, and led me through drills to fix it as well as to improve my overall game. I truly believe that he was able to help me make my varsity basketball team this year. Looking forward to future workouts with Coach Matt!

It has been a pleasure to meet coach Matt. His professionalism and expertise along with his experiences made my son to love even more basketball.

Thanks Coach Matt keep up the well
done job
Sophia Rashid

Coach Matt was great with my son at his first lesson. He provided specific technical feedback and targeted drills to hone his skills. My son looks forward to working with Matt going forward.

Excellent session with coach Matt - My basketball skills are quite rusty, but Matt is patient and motivational - I feel like I've already improved from just 2 sessions! Can't wait to see continued results.

Matt is an absolutely amazing coach. - He's creative with his sessions, encouraging with his feedback/advice, and adapted his session perfectly for me. I can't wait for my next session.

Great coach pointed things out that I wouldn't have seen. Looking toward to putting in more work with him !

Excellent coach

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Coach Matt is an excellent coach! My son is a high school junior and is looking to improve his defensive and shooting skills. After just one session my son has shown improvement and is looking forward to continued sessions. Highly recommend!

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Awesome shooting coach - highly recommend Matt to anyone looking for training

My 8th grade son really enjoys working with Coach Matt. His sessions are fast paced and very efficient- no wasted time. Coach has a great eye for detecting subtle flaws in shooting form that can have a big impact on consistency. After a month I have already noticed a big difference in my son's FT and shooting %. Highly recommend.

Matt was amazing. Drills and instruction to take our daughters game to the next level!!

Matt has exceeded our expectations. He has an endless supply of drills that keep the session moving along at game pace. There's no stopping to think about what to do next. My son is learning so much and having a blast at the same time. Matt is quick to identify skills that need improvement and works those skills off and on during the hour. Matt is definitely worthy of 5 Gold Stars!

Matt was great! Wish we were able to do more sessions this summer. Very accommodating with our crazy schedule and super responsive.

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Great coach, shows inspiration to my son, dedicated, wonderful ability to interact with my son,show him the right way to train . I would highly recommend him. I will loking forward to his next sessions.

Coach Matt coached both my son & daughter they both got a lot from the session they, felt very comfortable with him and can't wait to continue working with him.

Coach is great, encouraging and skilled. My son feels that he is already improving. I would recommend coach Matt to anyone.

Coach Matt has been amazing with my son. After only 2 sessions he has pulled my son out of his comfort zone and built his confidence and skill . He is very attentive and works him hard every minute, wish we had found Matt much sooner !

Coach Matt is great! My fourteen year old son is looking to improve his skills and get in shape for freshman basketball and he really enjoys working with Coach Matt. I highly recommend him!

Coach Matt is an excellent coach. My 13 year old son has been working with Coach Matt for the past few months. My son has gained a tremendous amount of confidence. Coach Matt noticed immediately what he needed to improve on and my son's skills have improved. I would highly recommend Coach Matt.

Coach Matt is a talented coach! After just the first session, I learned so much and was eager to practice my new skills. He corrected my shot and footwork; things my college coaches hadn't noticed before! Throughout the rest of the sessions, I saw dramatic improvement and he continued to fine tune other aspects of my game. I would highly recommend him.

Coach Matt is a great coach. My son and his friend liked him a lot. He has profound knowledge about the game and is very attentive and patient. The training section was also well designed which covered the drills in shooting, ball handling, foot walk and other skills. We look forward for developing a long term relationship with him!

Coach Matt was a great coach! He clearly explained everything and boosted my son's confidence after the first session. He is very attentive about the little details. Matt improved my son's game in very little time.

Coach Matt knows how to connect with clients and get results. His workouts are high energy, challenging, motivating and fun. My 15-yr old son's performance continues to improve with each session. Coach Matt is an inspiration and a terrific role model.

Matt is an excellent coach who I would highly recommend. He has been working with my 12 year old son for the past couple of months and has increased my son's ability to get to the basket and score as well as his all around ball skills. Matt has an excellent combination of patience and teaching ability, he knows when to push and how to use positive reinforcement to get the most out the the people he works with. If you use Matt as your coach you will not be disappointed with the results.

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Great Coach! He focuses on a lot of the little things like footwork and your first step when attacking the basket which really can help to expand someone's game and help you a lot more on the bigger things. Helped me out a lot thanks!

Matt has been great! My son is really liking the coaching. Matt knows his stuff and it doesn't hurt that my son also thinks he's very "cool"!

After just one session, it is obvious that Coach Matt is a true professional, who has the unique ability to pass on all of his knowledge to young inspiring athletes. We look forward to having a long-term relationship with him.

Coach Matt was great! He coached my ten year old grandson, my grandson had a smile on his face the whole hour. Matt was professional, so kind and taught him so much. My grandson used his new tips at his game today. He was so proud of the great shot he made. We will be scheduling another session with Matt real soon.

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Coach Matt is an effective and thorough teacher, who understands the game and how to communicate through both explanation and example. I have watched him work with my son and give precise instructions. He is attentive and patient. In just three short sessions he has helped my son increase his confidence and improve his shooting. Coach Matt has also been extremely flexible in working with us to schedule sessions. We would recommend him to anyone of any age willing to do the work to improve his or her game.

Coach matt was a great coach. He really helped me understand what it means to drive to the hoop and his teaching skills are excellent. I would definitely recommend him to other people who love basketball and want to dramatically improve!

Coach Matt is a very experienced trainer, who helps me understand what do I need to work on in order to play in the intensive level of Division I basketball. Throughout the practice, coach Matt let me realize that basketball isn't just about the skill, but it also involves players' persistence and the amount of effort that we are willing to put in. I really appreciate coach Matt for helping me improve my basketball maturity not only physically but also mentally.

My sons have had a great experience working with Matt. Although they are 4 years apart, Matt was a very quick read on both of them and has catered his practices to target the most important areas of development. After only a few sessions I'm already seeing significant changes in their games. They work hard but really look forward to seeing him.

Matt is great! My favorite aspect of his training style was that he broke the game down into easily digestible elements and gave me specific moves to practice. He's very encouraging which helps keep the session flowing while you focus on improving. He's personable and easy to chat with which made the session enjoyable. I'd highly recommend him to anyone interested in adding to their game. I'll be working with him again.

Highly recommended. Not a wasted minute during the session. Matt has obviously fine tuned his drills to quickly determine a player's weaknesses and offer solutions. Well worth the price.

Coach Matt is great! So far my little brother has had three sessions with him, and even right after the first session, he felt an immediate improvement in technique. Coach Matt specifically helped him get his dribbling technique and stance correct while also working on his shooting. I can already see a difference. Coach Matt also brings a positive mindset into the sessions - and overall, does a stellar job in those 60 minutes, and is prompt in replying to any queries/scheduling, etc.

Matt is an outstanding coach. He helped my 15 year old son tremendously in just a few sessions. He has a great approach and zeros in on the fundamentals and breaks things down in a way my son found extremely useful . He has a very easy going demeanor and at the same time is extremely focused on the session. He also went out if his way to accommodate our schedule and was super easy going.

My sons, ages 15 and 14, who have played basketball for quite some time now, immediately connected with Coach Matt. He is respectful, encouraging, and focused. In the first lesson, the boys learned to perfect their shooting stance, their release, and how to step into a shot. Matt also gave them helpful tips on their foul shot and instructed them on ball handling drills they could work on outside the lesson. I would wholeheartedly recommend Coach Matt to anyone looking to refine their game.

Coach Matt has met with my daughter once so far, hence 'only' four stars. He is very good, great contact was quickly established, they worked hard and well, and my daughter looks forward to working out more with him!

He is a great coach, after 1 workout with him I'm seeing tons of improvement in my shot and dribbling. Last week I was a 50% mid-range shooter when I practiced now I'm going 10/13 mid-range and 5/5 free throw.

Coach Matt is terrific. Right from the start he was very communicative, organized and polite. Coach Matt is very knowledgeable about the game and very patient. He taught my son some new drills and helped him improve his shooting form. We look forward to working more with Coach Matt in the future.

Anyone who can get me to dribble the ball through traffic is a miracle worker. Matt is great, I just hope other people in my league don't find out about him.

Matt is great, he is very professional and patient. A very nice guy. I learned a lot from him.

My son loved working with Coach Matt. The moment he came off the court my son asked me to schedule another session. Coach Matt quickly identified areas where my son could improve his shooting and worked him hard during the session -- while still making it fun and instructional.

I don't give 5 stars lightly, but Matt deserves it. He is approachable & friendly and makes it easy to learn. He is great about breaking the moves down into steps, and has an eagle-eye for detecting when my movements don't follow the best practices, and he is encouraging. Sessions are fun and I look forward to them every time!

Matt is a great coach - professional, intense and fun to work with. Within the first session he figured out my strengths and weaknesses. Gave me great drills to improve explosiveness and footwork. Looking forward to the next sessions with him. Would recommend him to anyone interested in seriously investing in their game.

Matt was a great help! Just with the first session I've learned a little more about the game. He gave me tips on how to adjust my play. The session pushed and showed me what I needed to work on for the future. Overall just the experience was great and I recommend his coaching.

Matt is a perfect coach for my 15 year old son. His energetic teaching style and practical drills vastly improved my son's game even after just one session. We look forward to more sessions with Matt and recommend him highly.

My son had a great session with Matt. Communication before, during and after the private coaching lesson was great! I would strongly recommend Matt to anyone who wants to improve their basketball skills. I am in the process of booking more sessions with Matt because my son feels he can benefit from all Matt has to offer.

Matt was very helpful from the get-go. His drills and shooting tips really helped improve my dribbling and the way I shoot the ball. He pays close attention to your every move and will stop and give you pointers. I felt very comfortable in my session with Matt; you can tell he wants others to improve and enjoy basketball as much as he does. I will definitely be going back to Matt to get better at my game.

Matt is a really good coach for me. He is fun but also push me to become better at playing basketball. He teaches in an easy way. Very recommended for people who want to be better at basketball. 👍👍

it was a pleasure working with matt. he has a great knowledge of the game and was very patient with my son in his teachings. if your looking to elevate your game he's the one to call !!!!!!!

Matt has been very helpful from my son and will recommend him to others for lessons. My son has played travel basketball for 4 years and has never been exposed to the fundementals that Matt has shown him. For each drill, Matt is very detail oriented from footwork, body and hand position, location on the court to positioning for the shot. I also like how Matt has my son go back to free throw shots throughout the lesson.

I highly recommend working with Coach Matt if you, your child or someone you know are looking to improve your game. He has helped me and continues to help me improve my game on many levels including areas such as shooting and dribbling. My sessions with Coach Matt have been nothing but beneficial to my game, stepping it up to the next level. I play on my university's club team with more confidence now that I've with working with Coach Matt. Anyone looking to learn the game or improve the skills they already have should work with Coach Matt!

Coach Matt was a great help for my son Kyle as he prepared for high school basketball try-outs. He really worked him out hard and helped a lot with his shot. A great, energetic guy, very easy to work with, and flexible with the schedule.

Matt is very helpful to my son.He focus on improving my son's shooting,ball handling,footwork and other skills.He makes his training session challenge and fun-my son loves his session!
Thanks Matt!

As a strong contributor on a nationally ranked Air Force Academy basketball team during his collegiate playing career, Matt developed into a fundamentally sound basketball player through hard work and dedication. His knowledge of the game itself and his ability to teach fundamental skills is unparalleled.
Matt is one of the hardest working players that has ever played for me. He was not only one of the best players I have ever coached but an exceptional student of the game. His ability to understand what it takes to be a great player will undoubtedly take him to the Division 1 coaching ranks
Matt was one of the best shooters I have ever coached in 20 years of college basketball. His work ethic was second to none and was like a coach on the floor with his knowledge of the game.
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