Matt Hunter
Matt Hunter
Title: Head Men's Basketball and Golf Coach
Phone: 717-849-1614
Email: mhunter2@ycp.edu

Matt Hunter begins his third year at the helm of the York College men’s basketball and golf programs with the 2014-15 year.

Hunter’s tireless recruiting efforts are represented by the revamped Spartan roster that features a large core of underclassmen on the 2014-15 team.

Hunter arrived at York College after spending the previous four seasons as a full time assistant coach at DeSales University. The Bulldogs went 84-32 during Hunter’s tenure on the DeSales bench. The Bulldogs went to a pair of NCAA Tournaments as they advanced to the Elite Eight in 2008-09 and to the Sweet 16 in 2009-10. DeSales won two MAC Freedom Conference championships and played in the championship game in three of the four years he was with the program.

Hunter is no stranger to the Capital Athletic Conference as he was a three-year letter winner at Salisbury University. He graduated from Salisbury with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in May of 2005. He posted a GPA of 3.62, as he was a three-time CAC All-Academic team selection.  Hunter was a two-year captain for the Sea Gulls’ men’s basketball squad.

Hunter has a very definitive idea of what he expects from his Spartan teams.

“I want players who are, first and foremost, great people,” says Hunter. “Being good students and good players are important but I feel kids with great character will provide us with our best chance to be champions. I want our players to have a mindset of hard work and dedication. I also want them to have the willingness to sacrifice for their teammates.”

Prior to Hunter’s stop at DeSales, he was on the staff at The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, Hunter was thrust into the role of interim head coach for the 2007-08 season at the age of 24. Prior to being named as the interim coach, he served as a TCNJ part-time assistant for the 2005-06 season. He then moved to the full-time assistant position for the 2006-07 campaign.

Hunter knows what he wants his teams to project.

“I want our teams to be recognized as ones that work hard, play together and play the game the right way. We will respect the game, the opponent and the process of improving as individuals and as a team. I believe that the saying ‘Character is who you are when nobody is watching’ will be very true of both our basketball players and our golfers.”

Hunter has achieved success early in his tenure as golf coach as the Spartans won the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference championship. He was named the CAC Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts in leading the Green and White to the conference title.

Hunter resides in York with his wife Annie and their daughters Kelsey and Emma. 

Updated: 6/4/2014

Ryan Van Zelst
Ryan Van Zelst
Title: Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
Email: rvanzels@ycp.edu

Ryan Van Zelst enters his third year on Coach Matt Hunter's York College staff. Van Zelst is responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Spartan program.

Van Zelst was a three-year member of the Albright College basketball squad. He was a part of a program that posted 44 wins in three years including a MAC championship game appearance in his junior year.

After closing out his collegiate career, Van Zelst worked as an Assistant Basketball coach at Gwynedd-Mercy College. He was heavily involved in recruiting potential student-athletes for the Griffins. Van Zelst also participated in the practices prior to the Griffins’ Costa Rica trip, preparing the team for the upcoming campaign.

Van Zelst moved on to Conwell-Egan where he was the Director of Institutional Advancement. He was responsible for all aspects of the school’s advancement effort. He actively solicited alumni of all ages to donate, volunteer, and fundraise for tuition assistance, building improvements, and long-term goals.

Van Zelst continues to be heavily involved in the Hoop Group Elite and Skills Camps in the Poconos and also at Albright during the summer months.

Van Zelst graduated from Albright in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Updated: 6/4/2014

Nick Brady
Nick Brady
Title: Asst. Men's Basketball Coach

Nick Brady begins his third year on Matt Hunter's coaching staff and third year overall on the Spartan bench.

Brady was a three-year starter for the Spartans from 2006-2010 as he was an NABC All-American as a senior. He spent the 2010-11 season with Briedablik of the Icelandic Express League. In addition to playing for Briedablik, he also coached a youth team consisting of 16 and 17-year old players. 

Brady was a two-year Spartan captain and closed out his career as one of eight Spartans to reach 1,500 career points. He finished his 104-game career with 1,524 points, 552 rebounds, 158 assists, and 87 steals. He was a 44.9% career shooter from the floor, 39.6% from three and 77.5% from the free throw line. Brady canned 218 threes in his career including 76 during his senior year. He is one of just two Spartans to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 three-point field goals. The other is Andy O’Brien who is also a Delone Catholic graduate and the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer.

Brady was the 2006-07 CAC Rookie of the year as he averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and responded by averaging 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. As a junior, Brady earned All-CAC accolades after averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. In his standout senior year, he averaged 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 47.2% from the field, 41.3% from beyond the arc while he was a very consistent 84.7% from the charity stripe. Brady reached double figures in all 26 games this year including 13 20-plus points performances and a trio of 30-plus point contests. He recorded a career-high 36 points in the January 20 win at Mary Washington.

Brady spent his first year on the Spartan bench on long time Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber's staff as the Spartans won the Capital Athletic Conference championship in 2011-12.

Brady will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the program including on-the-floor coaching, recruiting and scouting. 

Updated: 6/4/2014

Nate Bollinger
Nate Bollinger
Title: Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
Email: nbolling@ycp.edu