Clintonville nabs a familiar coaching name

Mattson named Truckers boys coach
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Greg Bates Leader Correspondent

Ryan Mattson grew up on the court.

Watching his dad, Kerry, coach the Hortonville boys basketball team has prepared the younger Mattson for the varsity level.

“I learned so much from him,” Ryan Mattson said. “When I was young, I went to all the practices with him. I grew up in the gym. That’s where I learned most of what I know.”

Mattson is looking forward to the opportunity to coach the varsity squad, taking over for Shawn Howe, who retired.

Mattson was an all-state honorable mention player for his dad at Hortonville. He then went on to play at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley for two years and his final two season at UW-Oshkosh. He started coaching right out of college, but then he stepped away. After he got back into coaching, the 44-year-old was Clintonville’s junior varsity 2 coach the last two years.

“I know all the players right now, they know me,” Mattson said. “We started a relationship with them in the summer. Once Shawn retired, I took over the whole summer programs right away.”

Mattson is changing the team’s defensive and offensive approaches to match his personnel this season.

“We plan on running a lot more and picking up full-court pressure on defense a lot more than in the past because we’ve got an athletic team that I believe we can do that,” Mattson said. “We’re going to get out and run and press and make the game really exciting to watch.”

Clintonville is coming off a 4-19 record from a season ago. Mattson is expecting for his players to compete better this year with four starters returning.

“The players are ready to win, their attitudes have been good over the summer now,” Mattson said. “I think that their expectations are even higher than previous years. They match my expectations where we’re going to try and win enough games.”

Mattson has lived in the Clintonville community for 16 years and plans on staying around for many years to come. He said he wants to build a successful boys basketball program.

“This isn’t a start here and move on, this is where I live in this community and stay here,” Mattson said. “I’d coach for the next 20 years, as long as they let me – as long as it goes well.”