Position: Head Softball Coach
Other Position: Asst. Head Volleyball Coach
Matt Windle enters his fourth year as head coach of the Baker softball program. In his three years, Coach Windle has resurrected a program into a conference title contender. He holds an overall record of 74-71, and a conference record of 31-27.
In his first season, the Wildcats qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in four years and took a game from top seeded Lindenwood University on their home field. They finished the season 18-36 almost doubling the number of wins from the previous season.
In Windle’s second season, the Wildcats set 16 new school records including wins in a season with 31. The team finished three places higher in the conference standings, however, they were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament. This season saw three first-team all-conference selections, as well as one first-team and two second-team all-region athletes.
Last season the Wildcats broke through and reached the conference championship game. A loss to nationally ranked Central Methodist ended the season at 25-19. The Wildcats placed five players on the all-conference list; Four first-team, and one second-team. Baker also earned all-region recognition with one first-team and one second-team all-region selection
Each season has seen a steady incline in all statistical categories and Coach Windle hopes to set new records each year culminating with Baker's first ever national championship. “We have the tools to be on the national stage as long as we continue to work hard as a staff and as a team.”
Windle began as an assistant varsity coach at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas after playing several years as a semi-professional baseball player in the Kansas City area. Windle is an active men’s volleyball player in the KC area, and serves as the assistant volleyball coach to Kathy Allen at Baker University.
Coach Windle lives in Lawrence with his wife Austyn and his two boxers Beamer and Bentley.