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A familiar face is back at Georgetown College and on the men's basketball side lines. Matt Walls returns home as an assistant for third-year coach Chris Briggs.
"This was something I couldn't pass up," said the Scott County native. "Getting to be back home, being around family and friends, and this is basically where I grew up. I was ball boy back in the day. I played here. Georgetown is in my blood.
"My family is extremely glad to have me back, and I get to wake up and do what I love to do. Not many can say that."
The former Tiger and Scott County High School Cardinal standout spent one year on the sidelines at Campbellsville University while he was working on his masters. He has a few classes to finish up with that, and it was no easy decision, but home won out.
"It was tough, but this was hard to beat," Walls said of being a GC Tiger again. "Campbellsville treated me right, and I have a lot of respect for all their coaches. I learned a lot, but I couldn't pass this up."
He will be helping out with the full gamut of responsibilities from recruiting to scouting and individual workouts.
"When Coach (Briggs) and I were talking about things, I told him I'll do whatever he needs me to do," Walls said. "He is the boss and I'm here to help out however I can."
Playing in the Mid-South Conference for three seasons and then coaching around it for the past two puts him ahead of the curve in stepping right in to help Georgetown. Also knowing the tradition and success the Tigers have is a benefit in helping some of the new guys get adjusted to the program.
"I am thrilled to be able to add Matt to our staff," Briggs said. "He is a huge addition at a critical time. He grew up here, played here and he knows all about what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court. He will bring a great deal of passion to our program. And best of all, he is a very loyal and hard-working young man with a bright career ahead of him."
Georgetown tips off the season Oct. 29 at home against Miami Hamilton.