UTRGV, Matt Figger parting ways after three seasons

UTRGV and Matt Figger have mutually parted ways after three seasons. Figger went just 29-65 over his tenure without any winning records or postseason appearances.

“We thank Coach Figger for his efforts and his contributions to our program over the last three years,” AD Chasse Conque said. “There is no doubt that his team made an impact on our efforts to #RallyTheValley, as the men’s basketball program led all NCAA Division I men’s teams in community service last year. We wish him well personally and professionally moving forward.”

Figger was hired in 2021 after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach at Austin Peay, where he went 76-51 overall. He is originally from Kentucky and previously spent a number of years working under Frank Martin at both Kansas State and South Carolina. Figger was associate head coach for the 2016-17 Gamecocks’ team that reached the NCAA Final Four.

“I wish to thank Athletics Director Conque, President Bailey, my staff and campus colleagues, and especially my players for the privilege to be the UTRGV head men’s basketball coach,” Figger said. “At this time, I have decided to pursue other professional opportunities. My family and I will always cherish our time in Edinburg and we wish the entire UTRGV community the very best.”

UTRGV is a newer program, created in 2015 as a merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville. The Vaqueros have never been to the NCAA Tournament and last played in the NIT (as UTPA) in 1981.


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