Head Coach Matt Svehla
Matt Svehla begins his 20th year as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Northeast Community College. During Coach Svehla’s tenure, the program has posted a 454-145 record. While playing in the Nebraska Conference, his teams have won 15 of 18 Nebraska Community College Conference Championships and his teams have found the national rankings several times. During the 2012-13 season, the team won the Region XI Championship and earned a berth at the National Tournament. The team posted a 25-8 record. Coach Svehla has also placed great emphasis on excellence in the classroom. Out of 400 plus 2-year colleges in the country, three of the last four 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