MAYVILLE – The most important seat on the bench for Mayville’s prep boys basketball team is no longer empty.
That’s because on Monday night, the Mayville Board of Education formally approved the hiring of Dr. Matthew Hurtienne as the Cardinals’ new head coach.
Matt Hurtienne has mentored basketball players and coached middle school and high school basketball for 25 years, including the past five years as a volunteer varsity assistant coach at Mayville.
“We are excited for Matt Hurtienne to lead our varsity boys’ basketball program”, Mayville Activities Director Joel Wondra stated in a press release announcing the hiring. “Coach Hurtienne brings strong organizational skills and player development programs to our program. His professional approach and his strategic plans to establish a new culture throughout all levels of our boys basketball program will be key factors in growing both our boys basketball program and our boys athletics program as a whole.”
Coach Hurtienne’s training, including a masters degree in organization leadership and a doctorate in education and human resources with a specialization in organizational learning, performance, and change will position him well to accept the challenges he faces in rebuilding Mayville’s boy basketball program.
“I am proud to be a part of the rich history of the Mayville Basketball Program and Mayville School District. My commitment to the players and parents will be to assist in the development of the skills and knowledge required to compete at a high level,” Hurtienne stated in the press release. “This will be accomplished by developing team and life skills that will be beneficial both on and off the court. It will take a team effort from players, parents, the community, and coaches to build a solid foundation.”
Coach Hurtienne will begin his work immediately. At the top of his agenda will be to meet with the team to share team expectations. He also intends to meet individually with each returning player and their families to begin building those important relationships. Additionally, he intends to begin assembling his coaching staff, take a leadership role in the youth basketball program, and implement out-of-season player and team development programs.
Matt and his wife, Laura, live in the Mayville community with their two children, Emmit and Cecily, who both attend Mayville High School.