Windle Returns to Alma Mater to Join Softball Staff

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Already successful in his four years at the helm of the Baker University softball program, Matt Windle made the decision to return to his alma mater and become the Jayhawks’ volunteer assistant coach, announced by Kansas head coach Megan Smith Wednesday.
 
A Lawrence native, Windle will work primarily with the Jayhawk catchers, oversee the KU softball camps and coach first base on gamedays.
 
“We are so excited for Matt to join our staff,” Smith said. “Matt has done a tremendous job at Baker and has impressed me with his work ethic and ability to connect with his athletes.  He has worked our camps for years so he already works very well with our staff and players. He is going to be a great addition to our program.”
 
From 2010-13, Windle put together a record of 97-85 with the Wildcats, while guiding the team to new levels of success. Windle’s highlights range from the first Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament berth in four years in his debut season (2010) to setting the school record with 31 wins just one year later (2011). In 2012, Windle and the Wildcats won their way to the HAAC Championship game and saw five players earn all-conference accolades.
 
Last spring, Windle led Baker to a 23-14 record, including a third-place finish in the conference standings. He also was instrumental in the development of junior pitcher Erin Greenwood, who earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2013. Greenwood was also named HAAC First Team All-Conference and the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week.  
 
Windle joins Smith, assistant coaches Adam Roorbach and Abbie Sims and director of operations Alicia Spack on the Kansas softball staff.
 
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