Lady Roadrunner Softball | Coaches and Staff


Barbara and Mark MattsonHead Coach Mark Mattson and Associate Coach Barbara Mattson enter their third season as Lady Roadrunner softball coaches, having led the team to the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Championship in just their third year guiding the program. The title was the first in Angelina College athletics history, and the Lady ‘Runners became the first Texas team to capture the NJCAA Division I title since the tournament’s inception in 1977.As a result, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named the Mattsons the Coaching Staff of the Year for NJCAA’s Division I. The couple received the award at an NFCA national convention held in Las Vegas in December of 2014.Mark Mattson arrived at AC following an impressive run as head coach at North Dakota State College of Science, where he was a two-time Coach of the Year while leading his teams to a pair of conference championships and three appearances in the regional tournament in his four seasons at the helm. The NDSCS Lady Wildcats led the nation in homers for two consecutive years while earning Two-Time Academic All-American honors.

A lifelong player himself – he first played as a five-year old, and was part of the 1998 Men’s Fast Pitch National Championship team in 1998 – Mattson served three years as assistant head coach at Middle Tennessee State University, where his team established a new school record for wins in a season while winning the Ohio Valley Conference title en route to a berth in the College World Series. Mattson also spent time at Mayville State University (NAIA) and Adams State University (Colorado); his teams there averaged 58 home runs per season and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in seven years. As a hitting and pitching coach at Wingate University (Division II), Mattson led his team to the program’s third-best season home-run total while helping his pitching staff to an all-time program record of 18 shutouts in a season.

The 2014 Lady Roadrunners shattered several program records, including home runs in a season (61) and wins in a season (42), among others. In addition, the 2014 Lady Roadrunners were named to the Academic All-American list with a team-wide 3.3 GPA.

The Mattsons live in Lufkin with sons Miken and Juco and daughter Marki.

 

Gary Stallard Sports Information DirectorSports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as Liberal Arts Instructor/Sports Information Director, begins his tenth season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 15 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/ photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by-play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.

Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

 

 debbie donna
Debbie Mareno
Athletic Secretary
Donna Olson
Athletic Trainer