Laura Matthews | Head Coach
Laura Matthews was named the head softball coach at Wright State in the fall of 2017 after serving five years in a simliar position at Wittenberg University.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Dayton, Matthews arrived at Wittenberg as head coach in 2013 after a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach at Lake Forest College.
Over her five seasons with Wittenberg, Matthews led the Tigers to a 128-57-1 record for a .691 winning percentage. Her teams have finished first or second in each season in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), including a regular-season title in 2017 and a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2016.
Besides Matthews being recognized as the NCAC Coach of the Year in 2017, seven Tigers were recognized as All-Region, five league Newcomers of the Year, two Pitchers of the Year, 26 all league players and a CoSIDA Academic All American during her five seasons.
During Matthews' four years on campus as an assistant coach, Lake Forest posted an overall record of 72-68-1. Matthews oversaw the pitching staff and helped the Foresters drop their team earned run average by 0.70 runs per game in 2012. Lake Forest received recognition as they were ranked 24th nationally when they finished 24-14-1.
Matthews, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, was a four-year starter at catcher at Dayton, capping her career with second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Softball Team in 2008. That season, she posted career-bests in hits (44), runs (37), doubles (8), runners caught stealing (16) and a team-best .462 on-base percentage while starting all 51 games behind the plate for the Flyers.
Kennedy Haynes | Assistant Coach
Kennedy Haynes, who led the Wittenberg University softball program to an NCAC regular-season title in the spring of 2018 as the interim head coach, was reunited with Raider head coach Laura Matthews as an assistant coach at Wright State in the summer of 2018.
Under Haynes, the Tigers went 24-17 and 15-1 in league play in 2018 as four Wittenberg players were named to the NCAC First Team, two to the Second Team as well as the Pitcher of the Year. Haynes also spent one season as an assistant coach for the Tigers under Matthews, going 29-7, 15-1 in 2017.
Haynes came to Wittenberg after a standout softball career at the University of Dayton on the diamond and in the classroom. The Indianapolis, IN native majored in Psychology while starting in 163 games and playing in 190 over four seasons for the Flyers.
Dave Brittingham | Assitant Coach
Dave Brittingham enter his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Wright State softball program.
During his stint under four different head coaches, Brittingham has helped tutor All-Horizon League players and experienced trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Brittingham is retired from General Motors/Delphi with 36 years of service. He retired as an Employee Assistance Professional (EAP), earning certifications in EAP and Chemical Dependency.
Brittingham attended Sinclair Community College (labor studies) and Ohio State (addiction studies) before earning a degree in counseling from Corllins University. He served in the Military from January 1967 until July 1970 doing tours in the Mediterranean and Vietnam. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and three air medals while serving in Vietnam.
Brittingham has played and coached for 40 years. After first playing fast pitch in the military, Dave coached in the Xenia baseball program for nine years, six as an assistant and three as head coach compiling a record of 46-35.
Brittingham began coaching in the Miami Valley Xpress (one of the top travel ball organizations in Ohio) in 1987. He has coached the 18u teams since 2001, including the summer and fall college tour team. His teams have had two seventh place,a fifth place and a third place finishes in World Series play.
All players that played for Brittingham since 2001 have went on to play in college with over half going on to play at the Division I level. In 2012, Brittingham was inducted into the Ohio Amateur Softball Association Hall of Honor.
Brittingham lives in Xenia with his wife Julie.