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Matrix AAU Basketball
News Archives:  2008-2009

Monday, September 8
Katie Smrcka-Duffy Fudd and Phil McConnell Join Matrix Basketball for 2008-2009 Season

Matrix Basketball, a growing program in Potomac Valley AAU Girls’ Basketball, is proud to announce that Katie Smrcka-Duffy Fudd and Phil McConnell have joined the Matrix.   

Local Hoops Legend, High School/AAU Coach and Private Trainer Katie Smrcka-Duffy Fudd to Coach and Offer Skills Training for Matrix Teams and Players
Katie Smrcka-Duffy Fudd, head coach at Potomac School and coach of the 2008 AAU National Championship Open Division Bronze medalist GTS Aces, has joined forces with the Matrix as a coach and skills trainer for the organization. 

“The Matrix is ecstatic about joining forces with Coach Fudd,” said Matrix Executive Director Jim Butler. 

Matrix President Liz Reed added,

"Adding Katie as a coach for a Matrix high school showcase team and as a skills trainer for our teams and our players is a huge asset for our growing AAU program and will help us transition with our current players and teams as they start high school.   

Katie has an excellent record as an AAU coach in developing and showcasing high school players that have led to roughly 30 of her players receiving college scholarships.  In addition, Coach Fudd is noted for her ability to develop players’ individual basketball skills across all age groups.  She’s a great addition to the Matrix family."

On joining the Matrix, Coach Fudd stated,

While I’ve had many opportunities over the years to become a part of other long-established AAU clubs in the area, I’m extremely excited to be joining the Matrix at this point in their program.  I decided to join the Matrix as they are a quality program with quality people that are working hard to build their program. 

In addition, the opportunity to lead the Matrix’s efforts to build its high school program was a real plus.  I look forward to creating opportunities for Matrix players to develop the skills and experience they need at an elite level so that they can continue to play basketball after high school."

For the 2009 AAU season, Coach Fudd will be coaching a brand-new Matrix team for players with aspirations to play college basketball, which will compete in exposure tournaments throughout next spring and summer.  More immediately, Coach Fudd will be leading the Matrix Fall Skills Clinics that start on Saturday, September 13. 

Coach Fudd will also be available to work individually with Matrix players who want to engage her services as a private skills trainer.  In addition, Coach Fudd will be available to work with Matrix teams as a team trainer to supplement the Matrix program’s focus on individual skills development.

About Coach Katie Fudd
Coach Fudd has been the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Potomac School in McLean, Virginia since 2003 and is the founder of Game-Time Skills, LLC.  She led her GTS Aces Showcase team to the Bronze medal at the 2008 AAU Open Division National Championships.  Over the years, Coach Fudd has provided skills training to professional basketball players and has trained approximately 30 players that have gone on to receive college scholarships. 

Coach Fudd graduated from Georgetown University in 2001, where she finished her career with 2,027 points.  She led the Big East in scoring for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.  Prior to transferring to Georgetown, she was ACC Rookie of the Year in 1996-1997 at North Carolina State University. 
She graduated from James Madison High School (Vienna, VA) in 1996. 

While at Madison, she set the all-time school scoring record (boys or girls) and a host of other school records, many of which she still holds.  In both her junior and senior seasons, Madison finished runner-up in the Virginia Group AAA State Championships.  In 2006, Katie was named the #18 all-time athlete, for all sports, in Northern Virginia history by the Connection Newspapers. 

Long-Time Mt. Vernon High School and Forest Park High School Coach and AAU Coach and Leader Phil McConnell Joins Matrix Board of Directors and Coaching Staff

Phil McConnell, long-time high school assistant coach, AAU coach and AAU leader, has joined the Matrix organization.  Phil is a member of the Matrix Board of Directors and will join the Matrix coaching staff as a coach for the Spring 2009 AAU season. 

“Having Phil come over to work with the Matrix and coach for our club is a major coup for the Matrix,” said Matrix President Liz Reed. 

Executive Director Jim Butler added,

"Not only will Phil be an outstanding addition to our coaching line-up, but his years of experience in running another Potomac Valley AAU girls’ basketball program will be a major asset to the Matrix as we continue to grow as an organization.  Finally, Phil’s a basketball junkie with a huge coaching library – on paper, on disc and in his head – that will benefit all our Matrix coaches."

On deciding to change clubs and work with the Matrix, Phil stated,

I’m excited to be with a club that is eager to grow and is focused on being a successful program.  I’m happy to be here and to help the Matrix grow in all age groups and to move the club forward in a positive direction."

About Coach Phil McConnell
Coach McConnell has spent 11 of the past 13 years working with various age groups (10-16) in the Cardinal AAU organization.  He also has high school coaching experience, spending 9 seasons as a Program assistant, Head JV Coach and Varsity assistant at Mt. Vernon High School during the period that Mt. Vernon dominated girls’ basketball in Virginia’s National District.  Most recently, Coach McConnell was the Head JV Coach at Forest Park High School in Prince William County.  As part of his duties, Coach McConnell worked closely with the girls’ varsity team that won two Virginia State Championships while he was there.

Coach McConnell was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but raised in Alexandria, VA.  Coach McConnell received both his Bachelor’s degree (Psychology) and Masters (Education) from George Mason University.  He has been an early childhood special education teacher in Arlington County for the past 5 years.