Texas-Rio Grand Valley Hires WVU Recruiting Coordinator As Coach

Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday announced it hired Derek Matlock as its new head coach.

Matlock, a Texas native, spent the last five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at West Virginia. He helped Randy Mazey guide the Mountaineers this season to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.

In a statement, Matlock said he was excited by the opportunity.

“It’s a great baseball area and I want to build a program of which the community can be proud,” he said.

Prior to joining the staff at West Virginia, Matlock was an assistant coach at Texas State and Texas Christian. He also was a high school coach in Texas for 11 years.

UTRGV athletic director Chris King said in a statement that Matlock’s background prepared him well for the opportunity.

“When we started this search, we were looking for someone with deep ties to the state of Texas that could recruit the best and brightest in-state,” he said. “We also wanted someone with a proven pitching acumen, and we have found that in coach Matlock.”

Matlock takes over the program from Manny Mantrana, who stepped down after the season to become a special assistant to the athletic director. UTRGV went 24-28 this season and tied for last place in the Western Athletic Conference.

School Departures Arrivals
Alabama Greg Goff Brad Bohannon
Cincinnati Ty Neal Scott Googins
Citadel Fred Jordan Tony Skole
Dayton Tony Vittorio
East Tennessee State Tony Skole
Incarnate Word Danny Heep
La Salle Mike Lake
Louisiana-Monroe Bruce Peddie
Maryland John Szefc
Massachusetts Mike Stone Matt Reynolds
North Florida Smoke Laval Tim Parenton
Santa Clara Dan O’Brien
South Carolina Chad Holbrook
Southern Roger Cador
Stanford Mark Marquess (retiring after season)
Tennessee Dave Serrano Tony Vitello
Texas-Rio Grande Valley Manny Mantrana Derek Matlock
Towson Mike Gottlieb
Virginia Tech Patrick Mason John Szefc
Xavier Scott Googins

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