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Former Marshall Player Named WV Miners' Asst Coach

April 9, 2019 - Prospect League (Prospect) - West Virginia Miners News Release

Kody Matthews, a former D-I infielder at Marshall University and currently an assistant coach at Mt. Hood Community College, has been named by the West Virginia Miners as an assistant coach for the 2019 Prospect League season. He will work with infielders and hitters while joining first-year manager Mike Syrett on a new-look coaching staff for the Miners this upcoming summer. The team made the formal announcement of Matthews hiring on April 9.

Matthews, a native of Roseburg, OR, started his college coaching career in the spring of 2019 at Mt. Hood, the same school where he started his college career as a player in 2014. There he played two seasons in 2014-15 for the Gresham, OR-based school that plays in the Northwest Athletic Conference. His two-year totals there for the Saints, saw him appear in 83 games and log an overall .270 batting average that included 66 hits, 13 doubles, 8 stolen bases, and scoring 44 runs while driving in 28 more. He was an infielder and team captain for a 2015 Saints' squad that won the Southern Region Conference Championship and advanced to finish second in the NWAC Baseball Tournament.

He spent the 2016 collegiate season playing for Missouri Western State University, an NCAA D-II school located in St. Joseph, MO. There he posted impressive numbers for that year that saw him appear in 42 games and post a .335 batting average that included 29 runs scored, 9 doubles, 5 homers and 35 RBI.

Following a redshirt season in 2017, Matthews played his senior season at the NCAA D-I level for Marshall University and had another strong year at the plate, hitting .321 in 33 games, good for third on the Thundering Herd in that category.

The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The West Virginia Miners, who play at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, WV, have been a member of the league since the beginning of the 2010 season. The team has reached the postseason playoffs in seven of their nine seasons in the Prospect League to date. These seven postseason appearances have included five trips to the league championship final series with three of the trips resulting with the Miners being crowned as Prospect League Champions (2012, 2013, 2016).

Season-long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2019 Prospect League season. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e-mail at mktgwvminers@frontier.com or by telephone at 304-252-SAFE (7233).

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