Grand Canyon University is excited to continue the men’s club basketball program. Club basketball provides the opportunity for students to enhance their college experience by competing in a sport they love while also making new friends.
The season consists of about 20 games, including competition for regional and national championships in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio. GCU’s teams will face local junior colleges and nationally ranked post-graduate programs. The men’s club basketball team offers a way for students to gain experience playing the sport competitively while also helping them balance their academics.
This is a great opportunity for Lopes to set team-oriented goals, build self-esteem and create lifelong relationships. Students in this program have the opportunity to travel and experience new sights, all while playing club basketball.
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Matt Gordon begins his first season at the helm of the GCU Club Men’s Basketball program. Gordon will also oversee all club basketball operations at GCU- including assisting with the growth of the club women’s basketball program. Gordon returns to the four-year level after beginning his coaching career with assistant coaching jobs at UCLA, Dominican University (California) and the University of Portland.
In between Portland and GCU, Gordon spent the last 14 years amassing one of the most impressive coaching stints in NJCAA Men’s Basketball history. Gordon’s teams at Phoenix College not only qualified for every postseason since his hiring at PC in 2004, but they never failed to reach the NJCAA Region I Division II Championship Game, winning the title seven times.
The “high-water mark” of Gordon’s coaching career was a milestone for the state of Arizona back in 2014. After taking five of his first seven teams to the NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Championships (placing 4th in the nation twice), Gordon’s 2013-14 team became the first men’s basketball squad in the history of Arizona community colleges to win a national title. Gordon’s 2014-15 squad finished 3rd at nationals in his seventh and final appearance at the tournament. Gordon leaves PC after reaching the 300-win mark in career victories this past December.
Gordon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 at UCLA, and earned his Master’s Degree in 2010 from the United States Sports Academy. Gordon and his wife, Iris, dote on their 10-year-old daughter, Madison.