Matt Lisle Named Menlo College Softball Head Coach

Menlo College Director of Athletics Keith Spataro has announced Matt Lisle as the ninth head coach in Menlo College softball history earlier today. Lisle, a Concord, Calif. native, brings a wealth of experience as an assistant coach, hitting instructor and scout with him to Menlo College and comes to the Oaks after serving as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University in 2014-15.

“I’m thrilled to bring Matt on board and am excited about what he brings to the department and the softball program,” said Spataro. “Matt stood out in the interview process through his preparation and clear knowledge and passion for the game along his understanding of who we are as a College and Athletics Department.”

In his first season as Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Santa Clara, Lisle helped to improve the team’s batting average significantly, raising it to its second highest mark in school history (.255) and helped lead the squad to its most wins in the previous 10 seasons (15). Prior to his work at Santa Clara, Lisle was the hitting and catching coach at Cal State University – East Bay where he helped lead an offensive turnaround that saw the Pioneer bats go from seven home runs in 2013 to leading the California Collegiate Athletic Conference with 48 in 2014. The Pioneers were also second in the CCAA in conference SLG% at .455 and RBI with 156. The Pioneers finished the season ranked No. 36 in the NCAA in home runs per game as well.

Prior to his stop at CSUEB, Lisle worked with hitters and catchers at the University of Oregon as a member of the coaching staff that helped lead the Ducks to their first ever Pac-12 Conference title.

Lisle came to the University of Oregon after spending 14 years coaching collegiate and high school baseball. His previous stops include two years as the head baseball coach at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Lisle was named the 2012 Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL) Coach of the Year after his team went 11-1 in conference play. That season the Falcons advanced to the North Coast Section semifinals and finished the season ranked ninth in the state.

Lisle was named the head coach for Gallaudet University baseball in Washington, D.C. in 2008, a position he would hold for two seasons.

He was named the 2007 Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) Coach of the Year as the head coach at Saint Mary’s High School located in Berkeley, Calif. That squad posted the best record (23-1) and highest state ranking (second) in the school’s 100-plus year history.

Lisle spent a year as Associate Head Baseball Coach at Patten University in 2006 after a four-year run from 2002-05 as the head baseball coach at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. At BCHS he compiled an overall record of 58-28 and led the team to its first-ever No. 1 state ranking.

“It is truly an honor to be the newest member of the athletic department at Menlo College,” said Lisle. “I’ve coached at every level from High School to NAIA to NCAA Div. I and feel the most at home at Menlo. The community and culture at Menlo College is exactly what I have been looking for.  Athletic Director Keith Spataro, Vice President Steven Weiner and all the staff and players have been beyond welcoming in this process and my family and I are really excited about being members of the Oak family.”

In addition to his coaching resume, Lisle is a highly-respected hitting consultant to a number of professional baseball and softball players through his website and also serves as an associate scout for the Detroit Tigers.

Lisle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Patten University in 2006. He and his wife Jessica have four children; Alicia, Chappie, Chase and Presley and currently reside in Martinez, Calif.