Matt Sladky enters his third year as an assistant coach at Navy.
With Sladky's help, four Mids under his tutelage have earned Patriot League All-Rookie Team honors and he helped mold senior guard Greg Sprink into one of the Patriot League's top players.
The Mids finished last season with a 14-16 record, their best record in six years. Navy accomplished that with a strong freshman class and talented upperclassmen. The Mids set school records for three-pointers made and attempted, as well as free throw percentage. Navy was also one of the most-improved teams in the country on the defensive end, ranking in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense.
The Mids continued its rebuilding process two years ago, posting a 10-18 record for the second consecutive year, despite the majority of the team being freshman and sophomores. The squad continued its offensive improvement, leading the Patriot League in points per game in all games played.
Sladky helped guards Kaleo Kina and Greg Sprink evolve into complete basketball players. Both earned Patriot League All-Rookie team honors and will be the centerpiece of the team in 2007-08.
A three-year letterwinner (1996-98) for the Midshipmen, Sladky averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds en route to leading Navy to a combined 54-32 record during his stay in Annapolis. As a senior, Sladky started 27 of the 30 games, averaging 6.7 points an outing and 1.7 assists.
He was a member of three Navy teams that claimed the Patriot League regular-season title with those three squads posting a 29-7 conference mark. He also helped guide the Midshipmen to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Following graduation in 1998, Sladky was assigned to the PE Department working in the basketball office. His duties included helping with recruiting and individual workouts. He left Annapolis in October of `98 and reported to Newport, R.I. for Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS). While going to school in Newport, Sladky helped out with the NAPS (Naval Academy Prep School) basketball team along with former teammate Terrell Hickmon.
After three months of SWOS, Sladky reported to Basic Steam Engineering School for three months. Upon graduation from SWOS and Engineering, Sladky left Newport and reported to his first ship, the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), in May of 1999. On board the BONHOMME RICHARD, he was one-of -two Main Propulsion Division Officers, where he held that position for his entire two-year tour. While on the BONHOMME RICHARD, Sladky made one deployment to the Arabian Gulf from Jan.-July 2000, before moving on to his next assignment in June of 2001. His second sea tour was with the USS OLDENDORF (DD-972). While On board the OLDENDORF, he held the title of Force Protection/Anti-Terrorism Officer, and participated in a counter-narcotics deployment in the Eastern Pacific from Jan.-March 2002. His tour with the OLDENDORF ended in March of 2003, and he reported to USNA to Professional Programs Department last April.
Sladky is following in the footsteps of his father, Dave, who was a high school basketball coach in the state of Ohio for 30 years. The elder Sladky also recently served as the Director of Athletics and head men's basketball coach at NAPS in Newport, R.I. Sladky's brother, Mike, is currently a basketball coach at Wadsworth High School in Ohio, the alma maters of both brothers.
Sladky and his wife, the former Lt. Lacey Edge, USN, reside in Annapolis, and are the parents of a daughter, Addison (born Feb. 2, 2007).
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