July 18, 2006
Reno, Nev. - Matt Meuchel, associate head coach of the University of Nevada softball team, has become the first assistant coach hired by Oklahoma State's new head coach Rich Wieligman it was announced Tuesday. Meuchel will be OSU's defensive coach and assist coach Wieligman in hitting as well.
"We are going to miss Matt a lot, he has truly become a part of my family," Nevada head coach Michelle Gardner said. "Matt has been with me from the beginning and has become my right hand around here. This is going to be a great opportunity for him, and we all wish him the best of luck in this new stage of his career."
Meuchel came on board at Nevada just after the program was re-instated back in 2003. Having been the top assistant to Gardner for four years, Meuchel helped build everything that the program has become which included a WAC Tournament Championship last season.
The Missoula, Mont. native was involved with every aspect of the program at Nevada in everything from recruiting, to coaching, to maintaining the home field at Idlewild Park. During his tenure as hitting instructor at Nevada, Meuchel has seen his athletes break more than 12 school records, and the team has consistently finished in the top three in the WAC in every offensive category each of the last four seasons.
"He is a hard worker," Oklahoma State head coach Wieligman said. "He is a great recruiter and will help us on the west coast since he has been in Nevada the last few years. He is a good coach and can coach both offense and defense."
Off the field, Meuchel serves primarily as the recruiting coordinator. On the field, he works with the infielders in addition to his role as the hitting coach. In total, he has worked on a softball coaching staff for more than seven years either as a coach, volunteer, or student assistant.
Meuchel has an extensive background of serving many different capacities. Before coming to Nevada, he worked at McNeese State as an assistant for one season in 2002. He served as the recruiting coordinator and infield coach, in addition to in-game coaching and other administrative responsibilities. He also worked on the Greek Olympic Team Staff during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
Before working at McNeese State, he worked for his alma mater Arizona State in 2001. He was a volunteer coach responsible for coaching the outfielders and coordinating video analysis. During his time as a volunteer coach, the Sun Devils were ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, finished 36-22 and advanced to the semifinal game of the Region III Tournament.
Meuchel graduated from ASU in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and was heavily involved with the softball team while a student. He worked as the student manager from 1998-2000 and was the team's summer camp director from 1997-2000. While working with the Sun Devils he was also an assistant with two different under-18 (18U) Amateur Softball Association (ASA) club teams.