In 2017, Matt Windle was named head volleyball coach of the Wildcats upon the retirement of Coach Kathy Allen. Coach Windle served as Allen’s assistant from 2008-2012 helping guide the team to a conference championship in 2011 and an overall record of 121-56.
Windle also directed the softball program from 2010-2013 setting a school-record for wins in a season. On the volleyball court, Windle specialized in working with middles and was fortunate to have one middle in the top 10 in blocks just about every year. Windle also currently holds the title of Assistant Director of Athletics – Finance.
In his inaugural campaign as head coach, Olivia Brees was named second team all-conference and Jenna Sackman, Haleigh Offield and Ashley Sparks were named to the honorable mention team.
Three Wildcats also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards that year. In his second season the Wildcat volleyball program saw its first all-American in outside hitter Ashley Sparks, since Brooke Pryor was awarded that honor in 2010. Olivia Brees was once again named All-Conference but this time to the First Team and shared the Defensive Player of the Year honors. Four Wildcats were named Scholar-Athletes.
Windle began as an assistant varsity coach at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas, starting the program in 1997 until he left for a graduate assistant position at Baker in 2008. During that time, he helped the Firebirds to numerous state tournaments, while working with several division 1 athletes. Also, during that time, he coached 2 years of club at the University of Kansas and several years coaching juniors in the Heart of America region. Coach Windle played men’s adult in the same region with 2 top 10 finishes in the nation and 1 regional championship.
Coach Windle earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his master’s degree from Baker University. He lives in Olathe, Kan., with his wife Austyn, and his daughters Rylee and twins Alexis and Harper.