JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 4, 2016) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Thursday the addition of Matt Cline to his staff as director of basketball operations. Cline comes to ETSU after spending two seasons in the same role at Eastern Michigan University and replaces the departing Jeff Clapacs.
“I hired Matt three years ago at Northwest Florida before I left for Wichita State,” Forbes said. “I completely trust him. He is very smart, organized, and possesses tremendous people skills. Matt did an outstanding job the past two years working for Rob Murphy at Eastern Michigan. I have no doubt he will be a valuable addition to our staff and university.”
Cline said he was honored to be joining the staff at ETSU.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work for Coach Forbes at ETSU,” Cline said. “I have long admired Coach Forbes' work ethic and the passion he exhibits, which has resulted in tremendous success throughout his career. Obviously, Coach Forbes and his staff had a terrific inaugural season at ETSU, but I feel the best is yet to come for the program and I am excited to be along for the ride.”
While at EMU, the Eagles went 21-14 in 2014-2015, and appeared in the CBI post season tournament. In 2015-2016, EMU went 18-14, winning 8 out of their last 12 games. Cline coordinated the team's travel, budget, community services programs, and other operational duties assigned by Coach Murphy.
Cline joined the EMU staff after a one-year stint at Northwest Florida State College where he served as an assistant coach. Cline helped the Raiders finish the season 22-6 and reach a ranking of No. 1 overall in the NJCAA. Northwest Florida State sent eight of its student-athletes to the NCAA Division I ranks following the successful season. During his time with the Raiders, he assisted in scouting, game preparations, guard play development, student-athlete academic programs and strength and conditioning.
Prior to his time as a coach with NWFSC, Cline spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Florida State University. In his first season working with the Seminoles, the Leonard Hamilton-coached squad won FSU's first ever Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship, earning a No. 3-seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Cline earned his graduate assistantship after graduating from the University of South Alabama where he was a one-year letter winner in basketball. From the 2007-11 seasons, the Binghamton, N.Y., native served as the head manager of the squad before earning a spot on the squad in his senior season.
In addition to his time at USA, Cline spent one season at Broome Community College, after being named as an all-metro and all-conference player at Seton Catholic Central High School in 2006.
Cline graduated from South Alabama in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in physical education before earning a master's in sport management from Florida State in 2013.