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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
Jeremy Matus is the Head Boys Basketball Coach for Post High School. He is also a life skills teacher at the middle school.
Matus grew up in Vernon, Texas and graduated high school from Vernon in 1996. He then graduated college from Texas Tech University in 2004 with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. Matus just finished his 17th year of coaching. He started his coaching career at Vernon and stayed there for 12 years. After his time in Vernon, Matus left for Kermit where he stayed for two years. Matus then landed in Post in 2018 where he has coached since. Matus has been a head basketball coach for nine seasons.
As a head basketball coach, Matus has an overall record of 102-110. As the head coach of the Antelopes, Matus is 38-24, with an Area round appearance in 2018 on his belt. Matus accumulated his 100th career win this past season against Ropes, beating the Eagles 63-42 in Ropesville. In 2013, Matus was named the District 5-3A Coach of the Year as the head coach for the Vernon Lions. In all nine seasons as a head coach, Matus has made the playoffs every season.
“We lost a lot of players this season, but we are going to be very big on the inside,” Matus said when asked about the upcoming season. “I think with hard work and a little confidence, we can surprise a lot of people.”
Matus enjoys many outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He also does wood working and he likes to spend time with his family. Matus’ biggest influences in his life are his father, his wife, his high school math teacher, and his football coach Leo Brittain.
“My parents raised me to be a man of God,” said Matus. “My wife supports me and pushes me to be the man I am today. My high school math teacher taught me that all students can learn, you just have to find which way works. Coach Brittain taught me about working hard on and off the field, and the importance of being successful in the classroom, not just on the field.”
Matus’ favorite quote is, “A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play,” by Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Kryzyzewski.
Matus is married to his wife Stevie, and they have been married for almost 14 years. The Matuses have three children: Paxton, Ryleigh, and Alexis.
This summer, The Post Dispatch will highlight all the coaches and trainers from Post, Borden County, and Southland and describe their impact on their schools and communities.