Coach Durell was born in San Francisco but grew up in the East Bay where he played basketball and baseball at Acalanes High School. Coach Durell also played on AAU teams that competed in tournaments in Reno and Las Vegas throughout intermediate and high school. In 2000, Coach attended Cal Poly University of San Luis Obispo as a Sports Management Major.
In 2004, coach travelled to Australia to study abroad and play for the Griffith University basketball team and helped lead his team to the National University Games in Perth. Upon his return to Cal Poly, Durell concentrated on coaching and interned as a Student Assistant with Cal Poly’s Men’s Basketball Team and coached for the local AAU program; 3Ball Basketball Academy.
Post graduation in 2005, Durell moved to San Francisco and coached with one of California’s top AAU programs Flight Elite in the East Bay where he coached in many regional AAU Tournaments on the West Coast. He also worked at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco as an athletic coordinator and from 2006-2009.
Matt founded Bay City Basketball in 2009 with 8 teams and has built the organization to where it is today and added multiple new programs. Durell has tremendous passion and experience in developing young players and organizing basketball programs. He takes great pride in improving the San Francisco basketball community by providing kids of all ages, races and socioeconomic status a positive athletic experience.
Coach Durell was Assistant Varsity & Head JV coach at Stuart Hall High School (SF) from 2009 – 2020. Durell coached under legendary coach Charley Johnson and helped build one of the top high school D5 programs in the state. In 2018, the Knights were runner up in the D4 State Championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. In 2021 The Knights won the D5 State Championship and Coach Durell received a state championship ring for his contributions to the program in the past 10 years.