Bernadette Mattox

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Bernadette Locke-Mattox (born December 31, 1958) is a former head coach of the University of Kentucky women's basketball. She is currently an assistant coach with the Connecticut Sun women's basketball franchise of the WNBA.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Bernadette Mattox
Medal record
Women's Basketball
Assistant Coach for  United States
FIBA World Championship for Women
Gold medal – first place 1998 Berlin, Germany Team Competition
  • 1990-1994 Assistant Coach - University of Kentucky Men's Basketball under Rick Pitino.
  • 1995-2003 Head Coach - University of Kentucky Women's Basketball
  • 2004-2014 Assistant Coach - Connecticut Sun WNBA

USA Basketball[edit]

In 1998, Mattox was named an assistant coach of the USA National Team, under head coach Nell Fortner. The USA team competed in the World Championships held in three cities in Germany, including Berlin, Germany. The USA team won all six of the preliminary round games, with most game in double-digit margins. The one exception was the opening round game against Japan, which the USA team won 95–89. In the quarterfinals, the USA team beat Slovakia 89–62. In the semifinal match up against Brazil. the USA team was behind by ten points in the first half, but came back and won by 14 points. The championship game was a rematch against Russia, a team the USA had defeated by 36 points in the preliminary round. However, the gold medal game would unfold very differently. The USA team was behind most of the game, with a nine-point deficit at halftime. When there were under two minutes to play, the USA was still behind, but Ruthie Bolton hit a three-pointer to give the USA team a one-point lead. After the Russians tied the game, Bolton hit another three to give the USA team a lead they would not relinquish. The USA team won 71–65 to win the gold medal.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The former Bernadette Locke is married to Vince Mattox. They reside in Lexington, Kentucky with their son Vincent, who now attends Murray State University in Kentucky. She and her twin sister Juliette, are 1977 graduates of Loudon High School, Loudon, TN

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kentucky Lady Wildcats basketball (Southeastern Conference) (1995–2002)
1995–96 Kentucky 8-19 2-9 12th
1996–97 Kentucky 8-19 2-10 10th
1997–98 Kentucky 13-15 5-9 8th
1998–99 Kentucky 21-11 7-7 7th NCAA Second Round (#6 seed)
1999–00 Kentucky 15-14 5-9 9th
2000–01 Kentucky 6-21 2-12 12th
2001–02 Kentucky 9-20 1-13 12th
2002–03 Kentucky 11-16 4-10 9th

Kentucky: 91-135 28-79
Total: 91-135

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Sources: SEC records;[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ "THIRTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1998". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Women's Basketball Record Book - Through the Years" (PDF). SEC Sports. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 

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