The Northern Michigan University Athletics department has announced on social media that Troy Mattson will be retiring after 17 seasons as head coach for the women’s basketball team, and a near 40 years of service at the school.
Along with his stint as head coach of the women’s teams, Mattson also served as associate coach for NMU’s men’s basketball team for 11 seasons. He also coached the school’s women’s tennis team from 2004-13.
“It is not often that someone has the opportunity to be a student-athlete at their local university and then get to retire from that same institution after 34 years of service,” Mattson said. “I have been truly fortunate for the many people who believed in my abilities as a player and as a coach, and I am greatly appreciative of them all.”
In his 17 seasons as women’s basketball head coach, Mattson led the team to a 240-231 record, making him the second-winningest in program history.
Mattson’s notable accomplishments include 11 appearances in the GLIAC Tournament and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He also coached nine 1,000 point scorers, with the latest being current guard Makaylee Kuhn.
”I would like to thank Northern Michigan University, Marquette, and the surrounding area,” Mattson said via WLUC TV6. “For over 55 years, it has been my home and truthfully the only place I have ever wanted to be. Second only to my family, NMU has been the most important aspect of my life.”