Thursday, April 6, 2017, Matt Figger was introduced as the 12th head men's basketball coach in Austin Peay State University history.
Figger came to Austin Peay on the heels of a whirlwind Final Four run as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under Frank Martin at South Carolina. The Gamecocks were the East Region champion, taking down Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida on the way to Phoenix.
After arriving at South Carolina in 2012, Figger assisted Martin in the revival of a program that hadn't enjoyed a 20-win season since 2008-09, had not advanced to an NCAA Tournament since 2003-04 and had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973. After winning 14 games the first two seasons in Columbia, Figger and Co. broke .500 for the first time in 2014-15, finishing 17-16, then won 25 games and reached as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll last season.
After serving on the staff of his alma mater since 2012-13, Rick Cabrera joins Matt Figger's staff at Austin Peay, where he will be an instrumental member of Figger's inaugural coaching staff.
A former guard for Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech, Cabrera spent five seasons on the sidelines in Cookeville, ascending to associate head coach duties in 2015-16 under Steve Payne. Cabrera spearheaded recruiting during his second tenure on the sidelines for Tennessee Tech, helping land All-OVC performers such as Ryan Martin and Torrance Rowe.
Cabrera got his coaching start at his alma mater, spending a season as a graduate assistant under Jeff Lebo and earning his master’s in instructional leadership in 2001. From there, Cabrera spent a season as head coach at Miami (Fla.) Killian High School and two seasons as an assistant at Keystone College before ascending to the head coaching job at Lackawanna Junior College.
A former staffer at Maryland who earned a reputation as one of college basketball's finest recruiters, Dalonte Hill will reunite with new APSU head coach Matt Figger on Austin Peay's coaching staff.
Hill earned a reputation as an ace recruiter during his time at Kansas State and Maryland, helping the Terrapins rebuild with back-to-back top-25 signing classes (2012-13)
He joined the collegiate coaching ranks in 2003 at his alma mater Charlotte after two seasons as head coach for highly-regarded AAU program DC Assault. Under Bobby Lutz, Hill helped guide Charlotte to a 61-30 mark and three consecutive postseason appearances, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament trips (2004-05). Hill coached two All-Americans and a Conference USA Player of the Year during his time in Charlotte.
As Austin Peay State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Figger rounded out his coaching staff, an important piece to the puzzle was added in Sergio Rouco, who became the third full-time assistant to join Figger’s first staff at APSU.
Rouco was last at South Florida, where he spent three seasons as an assistant for Orlando Antigua and Murry Bartow. It was just the latest stop in a 25-year career spanning the prep, collegiate and international professional scene.
Rouco broke into collegiate coaching at Florida International as an assistant, serving four seasons (1987-91) and returning to FIU as an assistant from 2000-2003.
He spent a season with Billy Gillespie at UTEP in 2003-04, helping the Miners win 24 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Ryan McIntyre, who was with Austin Peay State University head coach Matt Figger as a graduate assistant at South Carolina during last season's Final Four run, has joined Figger's staff at Austin Peay as Director of Basketball Operations.
A 2016 graduate from West Virginia, where he worked as student manager and ascended to head manager for Bob Huggins, McIntyre will oversee the day-to-day operations of the program, coordinating travel schedules, assisting in community service initiatives, overseeing student managers and serving as director of video services and basketball camps.
At South Carolina, McIntyre served in a variety of roles, helping the Gamecocks to the program's first Final Four in 2017-18. He also aided in the development of Sindarius Thornwell, the 48th-overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks before a draft-night trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, and PJ Dozier, who inked a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.