LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Angelina College's Lady Roadrunner softball team has a new head coach, one who brings a list of impressive credentials to the diamond.
Mark Mattson, whose most recent position was as head coach at North Dakota State College of Science for the past four seasons, has been appointed to the same position at AC starting this month.
Mattson is credited with starting and building the program at NDSCS, winning the conference championship twice while earning two separate Coach of the Year awards. His team was also named an Academic All-American team in consecutive years and made three straight regional tournament appearances, finishing second in 2012. His Lady Wildcats led the nation in home runs in both 2011 and 2012.
Prior to his tenure in North Dakota – Mattson was an assistant coach and pitching coach at Middle Tennessee State University and Adams State (Colorado), among others.
As both a head coach and assistant, Mattson has seen his teams accomplish numerous honors, including an Ohio Valley Conference championship and subsequent appearance in the College World Series; a runner-up in the Sun Belt Conference; and several national and individual player awards.
Mattson's roots in softball run deep: His father and grandfather were successful pitchers in several men's fast-pitch organizations, leading the younger Mattson into the game at an early age. Mattson's team won the National Fast Pitch championship in 1998. His wife Barbara was also a former college softball player and high school coach.