Windle spent four years as the head softball coach at Baker, accumulating a career record of 97-85, and a conference record of 43-33.
He will join his alma mater this coming season and will serve as the softball team's first base coach and work with the catchers.
"I want to thank Baker University president Dr. Long, athletic director Theresa Yetmar and head volleyball coach Kathy Allen for giving me both the opportunity and the support to create a winning softball program, as well as shaping a national level volleyball team," said Windle. "Baker is a special place that will forever hold a place in my heart. It was torture for me to have to tell the young ladies, the athletic department and the faculty that I was moving on, but when an opportunity like this presents itself, it would be foolish for me to not accept. I felt as though the softball program is on the right track and that Theresa would find someone who would continue to improve a respected and winning softball program. Kathy will always find a way to keep the volleyball team on top. I will take some incredible memories with me from both the volleyball and softball teams. I wish nothing but the best for my players, my colleagues and my friends."
"Matt has been such a strong contributor to our department in his numerous roles," said Baker Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar. "He has built our softball program into a very well-respected program that is a consistent contender for the conference title, and made an incredible impact on our volleyball program. I cannot say enough about how grateful we are to Matt for his commitment, work ethic, and loyalty. He is a such high caliber person and we wish him the best of luck in this new opportunity."
In his first season as head softball coach in 2010, the Wildcats qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in four years and took a game from top-seeded Lindenwood University on its home field. They finished 18-36, nearly 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.
Baker posted another 20-plus win season in 2013 with a 23-14 overall record and finished third in the HAAC standings at 12-6. 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, as well as being named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Summer Kelley was also named to the HAAC First-Team.
Baker will promote graduate assistant coach Jamie Stanclift to interim softball head coach and assistant volleyball coach.
Stanclift will enter her second year with the Baker softball program in 2013-14 after a successful first season with the Wildcats.
The Lawrence, Kan., native graduated cum laude from Wichita State with a Bachelor of Science in sport management.
Stanclift had a stellar career for the Shockers, starting every game her junior and senior seasons at first base and recorded a career .982 fielding percentage which ranks her tenth in WSU history.
She was selected a Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week three different times and was named to the MVC Honor Roll.
Stanclift also served as the assistant coach for the Omaha, Neb., based Frozen Ropes Fury under-18 softball team in 2010-11 and helped lead them to a 2010 USSSA National title with a record of 41-6.
She graduated from Lawrence Free State High School and was a three-year letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and softball.
"We wish Coach Windle the best of luck and thank him for the countless hours and hard work he has dedicated to making this program what it is today," said Stanclift. "I am absolutely ecstatic about the opportunity to step into this position and follow in Coach Windle's footsteps. Coach Windle has set this program up for great success, and it is an honor to be chosen to lead this team. We had a very successful year last season and I am confident we will pick up where we left off. We have a great group of returning players that will be joined by six very talented incoming freshman. I am extremely optimistic about the future of this program and know this will be an exciting year for us all."
"I'm confident in Jamie's ability to lead our softball program," said Yetmar. "She has a great understanding of the game and a strong rapport with our players. Her work ethic, positive energy, and willingness to learn will produce results. We are glad that she is moving into an elevated role within our department."