BATESVILLE, Ark. – Lyon College Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins announced on Friday that Head Softball Coach Jessica Mattia (pictured above, right) has decided to step away from her position.
Mattia had been at the helm of the Scots’ softball program for the 2020 season after serving the two seasons prior as an assistant coach on the staff.
Mattia led the Scots to a 15-6 record before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the rest of the season to be canceled. The Scots were receiving votes in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll prior to the shutdown.
In 2019, Mattia coached a pair of all-conference pitchers. Sophomore Katelyn Platt was named as a First-Team All-American Midwest Conference selection after leading the conference with 18 wins this season. Platt also finished second in the conference with four saves this season. Freshman Faith Cornmesser earned Second-Team All-American Midwest Conference accolades for the Scots. Cornmesser went 7-2 in the circle with a 2.61 ERA.
In her first year on the staff in 2018, Mattia coached two of the top pitchers in the conference, including the American Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, Nicole Sanders. Sanders finished the 2018 season with the most wins in a single season (19) in program history. Platt had a strong freshman campaign in the circle in 2018 and recorded the second-most wins in program history with 16. As a team, the Scots posted their lowest combined ERA (2.25) and limited opposing batters to the lowest batting average against (.227) in program history. Platt finished the 2019 regular season with the most wins in the conference (17).
A search for a new head coach will begin immediately. In a release announcing Mattia’s departure, Lyon College thanked Coach Mattia for her contributions to the Scots’ softball program and wishes her well.
Images via Lyon College
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