|Downing, Matthew "Chic"|
Born: November 19, 1949 (Atchison, KS)
Graduated: Atchison High School, 1968; Benedictine College, 1972
Matthew "Chic" Downing accomplished nearly everything imaniable on the basketball court in Atchison, Kansas, and that dedication to his community along with his triumphs as a player and coach, lead him to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Downing's story began as an All-State player for Atchison High School in 1968. Following his senior year, Downing elected to stay in Atchison and play for 2004 KSHOF Inductee Ralph Nolan at Benedictine College where he rewrote the Raven record book.
Downing earned All-America honors all four years at Benedictine, including earning first-team NAIA All-American honors as a senior in 1972. Downing became the first Raven to earn such honors. Downing's 2,042 career points placed him first on the school's all-time scoring list upon his graduation. Downing also set marks in the top ten of school records for career rebounds, single season scoring, single season scoring average, and single season rebounds.
Downing was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1972 where he played one season before returning to Atchison to begin his coaching career.
Downing was named an assistant for Atchsion High School team in 1973 and two years later, Downing was named the head coach. Over the next seventeen years, Downing would guide Atchison to ten state tournament appearances and four state championships. Downing was named the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1988 and he compiled over 250 wins as a coach.
Downing wasn't just a basketball player and coach however. During the summers, Downing spent his time on the slow pitch softball field, earning the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Slow Pitch Softball Most Valuable Player of the Year Award in 1979. In 1995, Downing was inducted to the Kansas Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and he was selected to the USSSA Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2015.