The newest member of the coaching staff, Matt McCumber is in his first season as the director of student-athlete development at Kansas State for head coach Bruce Weber.
A four-year student manager at Illinois (2001-05), McCumber arrives at K-State with four years of previous basketball administrative experience, including stints at Texas A&M (2005-06), Northern Illinois (2006-07) and Southern Illinois (2010-12). He spent the past year working in the private sector in Dallas, Texas, as an associate sales representative for clinic therapies for Bioventus, a global medical technology company based in Durham, N.C.
In his position as the director of student-athlete development, McCumber is responsible for a variety of areas, including basketball-related matters, handling special projects for the staff and assisting with community service projects and the Life Skills program. He is also involved in the student-athlete's academic development and counseling each in career planning and goal setting.
Prior to his stint in the private sector, McCumber spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations for current associate head coach Chris Lowery at Southern Illinois from 2010-12. He coordinated the Salukis' team travel and film exchange, prepared scouting reports and monitored student-athletes' academic progress.
McCumber joined the SIU staff after a one-year stint as the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois for then head coach Rob Judson from 2006-07. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the office, including organizing team travel and coordinating film exchange for scouting and editing purposes.
McCumber began his athletics administrative career at Texas A&M from 2005-06, where he served as an athletic assistant coach for Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M. During his time in College Station, he structured a recruiting database and prepared scouting reports for the staff, coordinated monthly schedules for practice times and established a film exchange system. The Aggies posted a 22-9 record in his lone season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. Texas A&M knocked off fifth-seeded Syracuse in the first round, the school's first NCAA Tournament win in 26 seasons, before dropping a 58-57 decision to LSU in the second round.
During his four-year stint as a manager at Illinois, the Fighting Illini posted a 114-25 record and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, including three Sweet 16 appearances and a trip to NCAA National Championship game in 2004-05. The school also won three Big Ten regular season championships and one tournament title and finished among the Top 15 all four seasons. In 2002, McCumber was selected to manage the U.S. Youth Development Festival for USA Basketball.
A native of Tuscola, Ill., McCumber, 31, obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2005 from Illinois. He also earned his master's degree in business administration with honors from Southern Illinois in 2012.