Matt Smith, Director
Matt Smith brings 13 years coaching experience, 12 at the varsity level as the varsity assistant at Elida High School. In his time at Elida, the Bulldogs have finished as D-2 State runner ups (2012) along with a regional finalist in 2017. Matt’s primary duties are handling the baseline out of bounds plays along with developing guards. In that time there have been 2 guards go on to play at the Division 1 level (Reggie McAdams-Akron, Dakota Mathias-Purdue), along with Austin Allemeier (Ohio Northern University), Steve Swick (Bluffton University), Daniel Unruh (Ohio Northern University).
Matt is a graduate of Elida High school where he was a 3-year varsity player. He went on to play at the College of Wooster and was a 4-year letter winner and 3-year starter. He finished his career as a 1000 pt scorer and is in the top 5 in the College of Wooster in career 3 pt fg %, career 3 pt fgs made, and career steals. Matt was an honorable mention All NCAC selection as a junior, and 2nd team All NCAC as a senior. He was a captain on the 2003 Final Four team (1st in school history) that ended up finishing 3rd after an OT loss to eventual champion Williams College.
Matt is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to working with the kids from on improving their skill and bettering their game.
Scott Jordan, Associate Director
Scott Jordan is a 2007 Elida High School Graduate. Scott was a 2 year letter winner for the Bulldogs and a senior captain in 2007. Scott works at Van Wert Middle School and resides in Wapak with his wife and 2 kids. Scott has coached the last 2 seasons at St Marys High School as the varsity assistant and helped lead them this past year to a sectional title. Prior to that he spent a year coaching Jr High girls at Van Wert. In addition to those coaching stints, he spent a summer coaching an 8th grade summer team from Elida. Scott brings an energy and passion for basketball and is looking forward to working with the kids involved with Gunners Elite and helping them improve their games.
Jon Cook brings a wealth of basketball experience to Gunners Elite. Jon is currently in his 2nd year as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Ohio Northern University. He was also an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Bluffton University for three seasons. In 1993, he was a student coach for Ohio Northern Men’s Basketball when they won the National Championship. He also has high school coaching experience as he was the Head Coach of Boys Basketball at Ada, Allen East and Jackson Center.
Austin is a graduate of Elida High School. During his times at Elida, Allemeier was a part of three WBL Championship teams. He played alongside Purdue standout Dakota Mathias for three years. Allemeier earned All WBL First-Team as senior along with Second- Team All-District and a place on the Honorable-Mention All Ohio list. Austin is currently a member of the Ohio Northern Men’s basketball team. He has experiencing coaching teams at Spiece Field House in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Skyler will be graduating from Elida high school in 2018. He brings four years of high school basketball experience. He is a three-year varsity letterman. He won WBL honorable mention as a senior. He also set a single season record at Elida for 3pt fg % in a season at over 50%. Skyler has been around basketball since he was a kid. He has played tournament basketball (AYBT, OYBT, AAU) since fourth grade. He was a volunteer coach for youth basketball team at Elida in 2017. He is excited to get his coaching career started and is looking forward to coaching this summer.
Abby is a 2015 graduate from Elida High School. In her years at Elida she received varsity letters for both basketball and soccer. She played AAU for 7 years with the West Ohio Warriors where they made Nationals 5 out of the 7 years and placed 4 times. Abby earned 2nd team all-league as a sophomore, junior, and senior for basketball as well as all district honors as a senior. She was also a team captain her senior year. She also earned 2nd team all wbl her junior and senior year for soccer while also making all district as a senior captain.
After High School Abby went to play college basketball at Indiana Tech a D. II NAIA School based out of Fort Wayne where her knowledge in basketball increased beyond her high school years. Abby has Coached AYBT for Elida High School the past summer and enjoys working on helping girls improve their skills on the Court. She’s excited to be on the coaching staff for Gunners Elite!
Logan will be graduating from Elida High School in 2018. He has many years of experience playing basketball, football and golf and works with the athletic facilities at Elida High School. He will be attending Bowling Green State University to major in Sport Management and wants to be a coach and athletic director. He is really looking forward to working with youth basketball players to help them improve their skills and knowledge of the game of basketball.
Nicholas will be graduating from Wapakoneta High School in 2018. He has been playing competitive/travel basketball since he was in 5th grade. In high school he was a 3 time All League performer including 1st Team all WBL his junior year and All District as a senior despite being injured for most of the season. He has coached basketball for 4 years and is excited to be working with the Gunners Elite players.