About the Team


About Elon Men's Basketball

An experienced group of student-athletes, as well as ton of talent, make up the 2016-17 roster for the Elon University men’s basketball team. Elon returns four starters and 14 total letterwinners on this year’s squad. The team will look to leadership from their senior class, which includes Luke Eddy, Christian Hairston, Brian Dawkins, Ryder Bowline and Pat Ryan. The Phoenix also returns several key players from last season, which includes Dmitri Thompson, Tyler Seibring, Steven Santa Ana, Dainan Swoope, and Jack Anton. Seibring is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.


2016-17 Elon Men's Basketball Schedule

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Nov. 1

Randolph College (Exh.)

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Nov. 11

William Peace

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Nov. 14


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Nov. 17

@ South Florida

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Nov. 23

vs. UIC

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Nov. 25

@ Northern Illinois

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Nov. 26

vs. Cal Poly

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Nov. 30

Florida International

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Dec. 4

@ Georgetown

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Dec. 6

UNC Asheville

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Dec. 10

@ Radford

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Dec. 18

@ St. Peter's

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Dec. 21


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Dec. 28

Central Penn.

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Dec. 31


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Jan. 2


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Jan. 5

@ William & Mary

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Jan. 7


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Jan. 12


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Jan. 14

@ James Madison

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Jan. 19


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Jan. 21

William & Mary

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Jan. 26

@ Northeastern

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Jan. 28

@ Hofstra

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Feb. 2

James Madison

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Feb. 4

@ Charleston

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Feb. 9

@ Delaware

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Feb. 11


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Feb. 16

@ Towson

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Feb. 18

@ Drexel

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Feb. 23


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Feb. 25


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March 3-6

CAA Championship

Coaching Staff


Head Coach Matt Matheny

Elon University head coach Matt Matheny enters his eighth season at the helm of the Phoenix program in 2016-17, as the maroon and gold enters its third year in the Colonial Athletic Association. Matheny has wasted no time changing the culture of Elon basketball during his tenure on campus. Over the last five years, Matheny has led the Phoenix to an impressive .671 winning percentage at home, going 49-24 inside Alumni Gym. The 2013 Southern Conference Coach of the Year by the league's media members, Matheny helped the 2016 senior class to a total of 70 wins – the most by a senior class during the school's Division I era. Matheny is one of five coaches in school history with a 20-win season under his belt. His 108 wins entering the 2016-17 season are sixth all-time in school history.


Matt Matheny

Head Coach

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Jack Wooten

Assistant Coach

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Monty Sanders

Assistant Coach

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Chris Long

Assistant Coach

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JB Tanner

J.B. Tanner

Director of Operations

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Eric Storsved

Director of Athletic Training

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Tyler Watson

Tyler Watson

Strength and Conditioning

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Cayce Crenshaw

Academic Support Services

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First-Class Facilities

Since 2001, Elon has renovated and/or upgraded every playing facility for each one of its 17 teams. Alumni Memorial Gymnasium (Alumni Gym) was dedicated on January 14, 1950. Alumni Gym's current capacity is 1,876. The gymnasium honors Elon alumni who lost their lives in World Wars I and II. Alumni Gym recently underwent renovations which included the addition of stadium-style seating in a horseshoe shape around the court. The updates also included new scoreboards and video boards along with new locker rooms and a new entrance at the south end of the facility. In thanks for a generous gift from Jeanne and Jerry Robertson, the playing court was renamed Robertson Court.

Team History

Early Season Tournaments

Since Matt Matheny has taken the reigns of the Elon men’s basketball program, the Phoenix have been a part of four major early season tournaments in the last five years, including as a host for regional or mainland games for those tournaments. These tournaments include the Maui Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Cancun Challenge, and Battle 4 Atlantis. Elon has hosted regional and mainland games for Battle 4 Atlantis (2015), NIT Season Tip-Off (2013), and the Maui Invitational (2011).


Since Joining NCAA Division I...

Since joining the Division I ranks in 1999-2000, Elon University athletic teams have produced numerous regular season and conference tournament titles, in addition to several award-winning student-athletes and coaches.

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Conference Titles

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Players of the Year

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Freshmen of the Year

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Coaches of the Year

Support Services


Student-Athlete Support Services

Elon University’s Student-Athlete Support Services strives to promote academic growth and personal development by providing a comprehensive network of resources and support for student-athletes throughout their career at Elon. Assisting individuals to balance their academic and athletic demands, all student-athletes (scholarship and non-scholarship) have access to a wide variety of programs and services.


Phoenix Club

Annual Phoenix Club members are the group that makes the biggest immediate impact on Elon’s athletic department by providing funds that go directly to student-athlete scholarships. As the Phoenix Club annual fund continues to grow it has been amazing to see the increased level of success associated with Elon athletics. All annual fund gifts go directly to scholarship support so you know your support is making an immediate impact. Across eight years, The Night of the Phoenix (pictured) has now raised over $900,000 in annual scholarship support for the Phoenix Club.

8th Annual The Night of the Phoenix

Elon University's eighth annual The Night of the Phoenix event held on Friday, Feb. 20, at Alumni Gym raised a record amount $164,300 for student-athletes. Across eight years, The Night of the Phoenix has now raised over $900,000 in annual scholarship support for the Phoenix Club. The Phoenix Club Advisory Board and Elon's Department of Athletics coordinates the event.



President Leo M. Lambert

Since becoming Elon University’s eighth president in January 1999, Leo M. Lambert has advanced an ambitious agenda to establish Elon as a top-ranked liberal arts university and a national leader in engaged teaching and learning. Led by President Lambert, Elon has accomplished broad improvements in academic and student life programs while continuing to expand a beautiful residential campus, which has been designated a botanical garden.


Director of Athletics Dave Blank

With 20 years of experience and leadership in intercollegiate athletics administration, the 2015-16 academic year marks the 10th for Dave Blank as Elon University’s Director of Athletics. Blank’s leadership has led to numerous improvements and enhancements across all areas at Elon, including academic progress, facility upgrades, marketing and fundraising. Perhaps most notably, Blank led Elon University’s move to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014-15.

About Elon University


About Elon University

Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon's residential campus is located in central North Carolina and is regularly recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful collegiate environments.

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Student Success

#1 in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of programs “Focused on Student Success”

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Student-Faculty Ratio

Small classes with faculty scholars focused on teaching and mentoring students

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Study Abroad

Elon leads the nation in the number of students with a global study experience

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Best Value

Kiplinger's named Elon one of nation's top 35 "Best Value" private universities


Transforming Students' Lives

Elon students are all-in and fully involved. This is a university of boundless opportunity, where students have a passion to fulfill their roles as global citizens – putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the world. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more often than any other university in the nation for programs that are "Focused on Student Success."

Global Citizens

Elon University sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation. Seventy-two percent of Elon graduates have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Numerous Phoenix varsity athletic teams have studied abroad over the last several years, taking foreign tours to places such as France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, England and Costa Rica.

Surrounding Area

Elon is a beautiful town located in Alamance County in the Piedmont area of Central North Carolina and the home of Elon University. Elon is a town that is rich with history and small-town charm, located about 20 miles from Greensboro, 40 miles from Durham and Chapel Hill and 60 miles from Raleigh.

Colonial Athletic Association


Colonial Athletic Association

About the CAA

The Colonial Athletic Association has established itself as one of the nation’s top collegiate conferences both athletically and academically for more than 30 years. The CAA encompasses many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas with a geographic footprint that stretches from Boston to Charleston, S.C. The conference has produced 15 national team champions in four different sports, 33 individual national champions, 13 national players of the year, 12 national coaches of the year and 13 Honda Award winners. Just as impressive, however, are the honors accumulated away from competition, which include five Rhodes Scholars and 24 NCAA post-graduate scholars. The landscape of the conference stretches along the majority of the East Coast, and includes several of the nation’s top media markets – New York (1), Philadelphia (4), Boston (7), Washington, D.C. (8) and Baltimore (27). The number of television homes in the CAA market exceeds 19 million.