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Payne Adds Hower to Staff

Dec 17, 2021

BOULDER—Colorado women's basketball head coach JR Payne announced the addition of Matt Hower to the staff leading up to the Buffaloes' game against SMU on Friday. 

Hower will fill the role of Director of Basketball Operations for the remainder of the season. He takes over for Jill Mahoney who is leaving the team to pursue a career in law enforcement. 

"We are excited to have Matt joining our program," Payne commented. "He comes with a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge as well as a great set of organizational skills. I know that he will do a great job as our Director of Basketball Operations throughout the remainder of the season."

Hower comes to CU from Fort Collins High School, where he has been the head coach of the Lambkins' girl's varsity basketball team since 2016. Hower has also helped develop some of the top basketball players in northern Colorado, serving as the head coach of the State 38 U 17 Elite in 2020. 

Hower's coaching resume also includes time with USA Basketball, working the U19 men's and women's team training camps. He also served as a varsity assistant coach for the Fort Collins boy's basketball team and was the JV boy's head coach from 2012-16. 

Hower will conclude his obligations with FCHS, following the school's games this weekend.