Position: Head Softball Coach
Matt Windle begins his first year as Assistant Director of Athletics - Operations at Baker but sixth overall at the University.
He previously served as the head softball and assistant volleyball coach for five years.year as In his five years as the head softball coach, Windle resurrected a program into a conference title contender. He held an overall record of 120-99, and a conference record of 55-39.
Last season he served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Kansas. He was part of a staff that took the Jayhawks to their first regional appearance and he worked primarily with the catchers, as well as serving as first base coach and led all camp operations and recruiting materials. KU finished 34-23 last season and tied for the top defense in the nation.
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.
The 2011 season saw, 16 new school records set 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. That squad had three first-team all-conference selections, as well as one first-team and two second-team all-region athletes.
In 2012, 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 honoree. Baker also earned all-region recognition with one first-team and one second-team all-region selection. For her efforts Greenwood as named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.
Baker posted another 20-plus win season in 2013 with a 23-14 record and 12-6 and finished third in the HAAC standings. Under Windle's leadership Erin Greenwood had another stellar season earning HAAC First-Team All-Conference honors and was named the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week on April 1 and earned two HAAC Pitcher of the Week honors. Summer Kelley was also named to the HAAC First-Team.
Windle began as an assistant varsity coach at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., after playing several years as a semi-professional baseball player in the Kansas City area. Windle is also 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.