Head Coach Matt Svehla
Matt Svehla is in his 21st full season as the head women’s basketball coach at Northeast Community College.
During Coach Svehla’s tenure, the program has posted a 480-149 record. The program no longer plays in the
Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference, but for the 18 years that they did, his teams won 15 of 18
Nebraska Community College Conference Championships. Under Coach Svehla, the national rankings have also
become a common occurrence. During the past two seasons, Svehla has guided the program to an impressive
54-9 record that included a national tourney appearance in 2012-13. Coach Svehla has also placed great
emphasis on excellence in the classroom. Out of 400 plus 2-year colleges in the country, three of his past five
teams have finished in the nation’s top 20 for team GPA. Svehla believes in playing up-tempo basketball, but
he always places an emphasis on execution, fundamentals, and defense.
Svehla has had good success in recruiting Nebraska talent, but he also attracts student-athletes from throughout
the United States and from around the world. His philosophy has resulted in a high winning percentage, but he is also really proud of the
character and attitude that his teams exemplify. He believes that coachable talent, that plays hard and plays together, is a formula for success.
Team members have reaped the benefits of playing for Coach Svehla. Many of his players have gone on to play at the NCAA and NAIA level.
A native of Clarkson, Nebraska, Coach Svehla earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Master’s Degree
from Wayne State College. Svehla also played for the Nebraska Huskers men’s basketball team from 1987-1989. He and his wife, Carol, have
two sons, Sedrick and Jamison.
Office Phone: (402) 844-7316
Assistant Coach Dr. Mike Cooper
Dr. Mike Cooper was the Assistant Coach from 2000-2009 and assumed that role again in 2012-13. Dr. Cooper also serves as the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program here at Northeast Community College. Dr. Cooper earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his D.V.M. from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Graumann, and they have one daughter, Rylee.
Office Phone: (402) 844-7190