Matt Fletcher

Mankato, MN

Bethany Lutheran

Head Coach

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In three seasons, Fletcher has coached the Vikings to an overall record of 55-26 for a 0.632 win percentage, the highest of any coach in BLC history. In Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) play, the Vikings are 38-10 which is a win percentage of 0.792, another program record. The 2018-19 season saw the Vikings set a program record for scoring average (86.3) and field goal percentage (.486). They took second place in the UMAC and hosted a semi-final playoff game for the third consecutive season. The Vikings continued their up-tempo style of play, averaging 88.0 point per game (2nd) in UMAC play. They finished the UMAC season third in defensive field goal percentage, holding their opponents to 44.1% from the field. The Vikings garnered six UMAC post-season awards, led by freshman point guard Cire Mayfield who was named UMAC First-team All-Conference and Freshman of the Year. This is the second year in a row the Vikings have had a player named Freshman of the Year. Additionally, BLC boasted an All-Conference Second-team and All-Defensive Team selection in power forward Trenton Krueger. Sophomore guard Jared Milinkovich was named to the All-Defense Team. The 2017-18 season was the most successful season in program history for men's basketball. Fletcher guided the Vikings to an overall record of 20-9, setting a record for most wins in a single season. With that, the Vikings captured the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season championship with a record of 13-3, and won the UMAC tournament championship for the first time in school history,to advance to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament. In the first ever NCAA Tournament appearance for the Vikings, they defeated #7 nationally ranked St. John’s University on their home floor in the 102-92 victory for BLC's first ever win in the NCAA tournament. The 2017-18 season was one for the record books as the Vikings set single season records for most points scored, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, overall field goal percentage, free throws made, free throw percentage, total assists, and scoring margin. Coach Fletcher was named the UMAC Coach of the Year by his peers in 2017-18. Additionally, the Vikings had five players receive conference honors including First Team All-UMAC player Trenton Krueger, Second Team All-UMAC players Brady Rose and Bradley Rose, and Freshman of the Year Jake Dale. Fletcher arrived at Bethany after spending three seasons at Upper Iowa (NCAA II) as the associate head coach a year ago (2015-16) and an assistant the first two seasons (2013-15). During each of Fletcher’s three years with UIU, the Peacocks finished fourth in the South Division of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, winning their first playoff game. During the 2011-12 season, Fletcher was an assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan, helping the Panthers to a 23-8 record overall and an appearance in the NCAA II Midwest Region Championship game. He started his collegiate coaching career under Rich Glas at NCAA III Concordia (Minn.) during the 2008-09 season. Other stops for Fletcher include Anoka and South St. Paul High Schools. Since 2013, Fletcher has been a camp coordinator for the Midwest Elite Basketball Camps. For five years, he also committed his time as assistant and head coach for the Minnesota Glory basketball squads, an AAU organization with three teams – 15 and under, 16U, and 17U. As a player, Fletcher, a native of North Branch, Minn., had a stellar four-year career at Southwest Minnesota State (NCAA II). The three-time All-NSIC performer holds the career records at SMSU for three-pointers made (305), free throw percentage (85.3%), and is second in three-point percentage at (44.8%). He also set the Mustang single-season records for free throw shooting (91.3%) as a junior and is second and third in the SMSU books for three-point shooting in a season (48.0%) as a sophomore and (45.5%) as a junior. Fletcher is the seventh leading scorer in SMSU history with 1,375 career points. He also ranks seventh in games played with 118, 11th in assists with 236 and 12th in field goals made with 436.


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Matt Fletcher


Matt Fletcher