The Cowlitz Black Bears wrapped up their head coaching search on Tuesday, hiring Tim Matz of Santa Ana College in California. Matz replaces Bryson LeBlanc, who accepted a full-time assistant coaching position at University of California-Riverside two weeks ago.
Matz was offered the job over the weekend, according to Bears general manager Grant Wilson, and accepted on Tuesday. Wilson also said Matz came highly recommended by Oregon baseball coach George Horton.
"I've known him for a quite a few years," Wilson said of Matz.
Matz has spent the past five seasons as the pitching coach for Santa Ana, and was also named recruiting coordinator for the Dons in July. In each of his five years, Matz has coached the Orange Empire Conference Pitcher of the Year, and Matz-led pitching staffs own the conference records for most strikeouts and fewest walks in a season.
Matz also has coached at California State-Fullerton, according to Wilson, although previous coaching experience is not listed on Matz's bio on the Dons website.