Matt Lottich enters his seventh season overall at Valparaiso University and fourth as the head coach of the men's basketball program in 2019-2020. He owns a 54-44 record in his first three seasons as head coach.
The 2018-2019 season saw Lottich lead Valpo to 15 wins. The season was headlined by road victories over UNLV and George Washington during the nonconference portion of the schedule, as well as a 4-0 start to Missouri Valley Conference play.
During 2018-2019, Lottich helped coach one of the top freshmen in program history, as Javon Freeman-Liberty was named to the MVC All-Defensive and All-Freshman Teams. Freeman-Liberty led the MVC in steals and moved into third on the program’s single-season chart in the category, setting a new Valpo freshman record. Freeman-Liberty also scored the fourth-most points and grabbed the fifth-most rebounds by a freshman in program history.
Lottich led Valpo to 15 victories in his second season in charge in 2017-2018 and guided the team through the move to the MVC, which ended the campaign ranked eighth nationally in conference RPI.
In his first season at the helm of the Valpo men's basketball program, Lottich guided the team to its fifth Horizon League regular season championship in a six-year span as he led Valpo to 24 wins and an at-large berth into the NIT. Lottich’s inaugural season as head coach was highlighted by a home win over a nationally-ranked Rhode Island squad as well as neutral-site triumphs over Alabama and BYU to capture the MGM Grand Main Event.
Lottich coached the Horizon League Player of the Year and an NABC Third Team All-American in Alec Peters, guiding the senior as he closed out one of the top careers in program history. Peters enjoyed his finest season as a senior, ranking among the Top 20 in the nation in both scoring and rebounding and breaking five of Valpo’s career records.
Lottich was hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016. After spending the previous three seasons on staff as an assistant coach, he became just the fifth Valpo head coach in a 36-year span.
Lottich arrived at Valparaiso University in summer 2013 and helped guide the team to 78 victories over his three seasons as an assistant. Valpo won two Horizon League regular season championships and one league tournament title over those three years.
The team recorded the top two victory totals in program history over Lottich's final two years as an assistant. Valpo broke the previous school record for wins in a season during the 2014-2015 campaign, winning 28 games and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Then, the 2015-2016 season saw Valpo win a program-record 30 games and advance to the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Lottich brings nearly a decade of professional playing experience to the head coaching position at Valparaiso University. He spent eight years playing professionally in Japan for the Oita Heat Devils and the Osaka Evessa, earning All-Star recognition four times. He also played one season in Germany in the Bundesliga for the Dusseldorf Giants, played one season in New Zealand in the NBL for the Harbor Heat and was a member of the New Jersey Nets’ summer league team in 2004.
Lottich played collegiately at Stanford University from 2000-2004. As a senior in 2003-2004, he helped lead the Cardinal to the Pac-10 title while earning NABC All-Star plaudits, awarded to the Top 15 seniors in college basketball. He was also a member of the Wooden Award midseason watch list and was an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection as a senior. Lottich was a member of the program’s conference championship squad as a freshman in 2000-2001 and still ranks among Stanford’s single-season and career leaders in 3-pointers made.
Off the court, Lottich came to Valpo from the National Collegiate Scouting Association, where he started in January 2013. Lottich ascended to the position of head scout during his time with the NCSA, which helps high school athletes navigate the world of college recruiting. Lottich also co-founded the TEAM Life Skills basketball camp in 2004 and spent nine years managing and developing the camp.
Lottich played his prep basketball at New Trier [Ill.] H.S., where he was named the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Year in 2000 and holds the distinction of being the program’s all-time leading scorer. Lottich graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and currently resides in Valparaiso with his wife, Kylan, and their four children: Grace, Matthan, Christian and Landon.