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Windle resigns to accept position at KU

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Head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach Matt Windle has announced his resignation from both positions.

He will head to his alma mater, the University of Kansas, as a volunteer assistant coach for the Jayhawks’ softball program.

Windle ended his Wildcat career with a 97-85 record during his four years as head softball coach. In 2013, Baker accumulated a 23-14 record under Windle’s direction and finished third in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“I absolutely love the athletic department and atmosphere of KU,” Windle said. “This is a big opportunity. Going back to my alma mater is a little strange but exciting at the same time.”

Graduate assistant coach Jamie Stanclift will takeover as interim head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach. Stanclift believes she has the same coaching philosophy as Windle and has no intent of coming in and making drastic changes.

“I’m ecstatic and couldn’t be more excited (to take on this position),” Stanclift said. “We’ll have 18 girls on the squad with six incoming freshmen that are all talented. I’m looking forward to getting to know them and welcoming them into the Baker family and getting them into the routine that coach Windle started. It should be a very exciting year.”

Windle will serve as the first base coach and plans to work with the catchers during his first year at KU.

Although, he is no longer coaching at Baker, Windle will teach a Quest 111 class entitled “Science Fiction: Societal Reflections.”

Senior Tara Chumley is disappointed to see Windle go but knows the program will be in good hands with Stanclift.

“I’m sad Windle is leaving because he was a great coach and has done so many great things for the Baker softball program,” Chumley said. “He helped this program earn respect at the national level. I am incredibly happy for him and his new opportunity at KU. I think Coach Stanclift will be an amazing coach. She really knows the game and played at the college level so she understands college athletes. I have no doubt she will be a successful coach.”

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