“I am excited to welcome Laura into the Belmont family as our next softball coach. We had an extremely deep pool of candidates but throughout the process Laura’s name kept coming up,” said Scott Corley, the director of athletics, in a press release. “In the end, she had all the attributes we were looking for; head coaching experience, winning pedigree, ability to recruit, and placing the needs of her student-athletes first. Also, being a Nashville native and having a sister who graduated from Belmont, Laura has a great understanding of our university and athletic program.”
Wright State cut its softball program and men’s and women’s tennis programs in June. Matthews turned her focus to finding new homes for her Wright State players and incoming recruits, and many have committed to new programs: Grace Gressly and Emily Daniel (Dayton); Logan Mueller (Miami); Jordyn Poulson (Findlay); Meredith Keel (South Alabama); Caitlyn Shumaker (North Dakota); Brooklynn Linneman (Florida International); Olivia Bricker (Bellarmine); Payton Baxter (Saint Joseph’s); Macy McCall (Winthrop); and Olivia Otani (Akron).
Several other Wright State players have not made their decisions, and some players have decided to stay at Wright State to finish their degrees.
“I’m floored with how many of them are in really good situations,” Matthews said, “and you’re so grateful for the softball community who has just embraced us and reached out and was so accommodating to them and helping them find opportunities. It’s been better than I hoped it would be. I hope those that aren’t continuing (to play) are able to find some peace. Those are the ones that I feel feel worse for, those upperclassmen who really should still be playing softball.”