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Aug. 16, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio— Jim O’Brien, Ohio State men’s basketball coach, announced today Monte Mathis, who spent the last four years with the University of Toledo men’s basketball program, has accepted the Ohio State men’s basketball video coordinator position.%^$

%^$The position was previously held by Jamie Kachmarik, who left for a position as an assistant coach at William & Mary.%^$

%^$Mathis will begin at OSU Sept. 1 and will oversee all men’s basketball video operations, film exchange and act as the coordinator of the Jim O’Brien summer camps.%^$

%^$O’Brien said Mathis will add experience to his position with the Buckeyes.%^$

%^$”I am very pleased to be able to announce that Monte Mathis has decided to join our staff,” O’Brien said. “He brings a lot of experience and will be a tremendous addition to our program.”%^$

%^$Prior to his tenure with the Rockets, Mathis, 33, returned to Toledo, his alma mater, after one season each as an assistant at the University of South Alabama (1995-96) and McNeese State (1994-95). His background also includes experience at the high school level. He served as an assistant varsity coach at Woodward High School in Cincinnati from 1991-93.%^$

%^$Mathis was a two-year letterwinner (1988-89) in basketball and baseball at Toledo, earning a bachelor of arts degree in communications from UT in 1991. A native of Cincinnati, Mathis graduated from Purcell Marian High in 1985 after serving as starting point guard and captain of the state champion basketball team his senior year. That summer he was the starting third baseman for the Cincinnati-Midland Redskins, helping lead the team to the Connie Mack World Series title.%^$

%^$Mathis enrolled at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1985 and was a reserve guard on a Jayhawk basketball team that reached the Final Four that season. He later transferred to Toledo.%^$

%^$Following his collegiate athletic career, Mathis played professional baseball for three seasons. He played for the Pulaski (Va.) Braves, a farm club of the Atlanta Braves, in 1990, earning the Coach’s Award for Outstanding Leadership. He spent the next season with Sarasota (Fla.) of the Chicago White Sox organization. He also served as an infield instructor for the Utica (N.Y.) White Sox in 1992.%^$

%^$While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Mathis was a part-time sports writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1990, working the local high school basketball and football beats.%^$

%^$Born June 2, 1967, Mathis comes from a family with an extensive athletic background. His father, Mike, has been an official in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for more than 20 years. His three brothers all played college football – Mick at Middle Tennessee State, Marty at Minnesota and Brian at Penn State.