June 11, 2008
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus announced today that Jill Matyuch has resigned her position as head softball coach to work closer to home in southern California. Matyuch plans on teaching at Brea-Olinda High School in Brea, Ca.
"My family is very important to me and, given recent circumstances, I think that returning home needs to be my priority at this point in time," said Matyuch. "I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with and alongside such terrific people. This team means so much to me and it will be exciting to see these young women continue to elevate the program."
Matyuch just wrapped up her third season as head coach of the Bobcats, leading the 'Cats to their best record (29-26) in six years. Matyuch compiled a career record of 83-97 (.461), which included a 7-6 mark in the postseason, and led Ohio to its first-ever appearance in the MAC Championship Game in 2008. The Bobcats won four straight games to reach the final round, defeating Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Bowling Green twice.
"We appreciate the valuable contributions that Jill has brought to our program during her tenure," said Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus. "She directed a period of excellent improvement which included appearing in the conference championship game this year. Jill's legacy is more than just her coaching success, she did a wonderful job with all aspects of the program. We completely understand her need to be closer to her family and wish her the very best."
Since her arrival in 2005, Matyuch guided the Bobcats to the MAC Tournament three years straight while averaging 27 wins a season. Under Matyuch, 10 players were selected to All-MAC teams, including senior Courtney Waters who earned first-team All-MAC honors and second-team All-Region honors in 2008.
Before joining the Bobcats, Matyuch spent five years at the University of Texas as an assistant coach. She aided the Longhorns in winning three Big 12 Tournament championships and two Big 12 regular-season championships. She also helped lead Texas to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two College World Series appearances.
Matyuch served as the defensive coach and tutored the Longhorns to the second-best fielding percentage in Division I action in 2005. Matyuch was also responsible for the short game and base running. Her efforts made her a member of the 2003 Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year.
The school will begin a national search immediately to fill the position.