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Frank Matthews, Head Coach | e-mail
Frank Matthews begins his eighth season as head coach of the Wilkes University softball program. In 2006 he earned Freedom Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading Wilkes to an overall record of 28-15. The squad also captured the Freedom Conference championship and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship field.
In 2004, Matthews was named the Freedom Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Colonels to the playoffs. The 2005 squad also made a playoff appearance after posting an overall record of 27-13, while the 2007 squad finished as the conference runner-up and fashioned a 24-13 overall mark.
Matthews came to Wilkes after serving as an assistant coach at Division I Harvard University during the 2000 season. While at Harvard, Matthews helped lead the squad to just their second Ivy League championship in school history, and a berth in the NCAA Division I Championships, where they fell to eventual national champion Oklahoma.
Matthews, who taught for 30 years, 25 of those at Hanover Area High School, gained much of his experience at the high school level. He spent 11 years as the Athletic Director at Hanover Area, 11 years as the softball coach at Hanover Area, and also served as both an assistant football coach and weightlifting coach at the school.
While at Hanover Area he guided the Hawkeyes to five consecutive Wyoming Valley Conference championships and two PIAA District 2 titles. He was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. Eight of Matthews' former players went on to play at the Division I level, with many more playing at the Division II and III ranks.
Matthews also has an extensive playing career on the softball diamond. He played on six ASA State Championship teams. Five times his teams advanced to the ASA National Tournament, where on three occassions they earned top twelve finishes. A former ASA All-American, Matthews was inducted into the Pennsylvania ASA Hall of Fame in 1996 after finishing his career with more than 1,400 home runs.
Matthews is a 1969 graduate of Bloomsburg State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He and his wife Paula are the parents of two children, Darel and Jillian.
Phil Stortz, Assistant Coach
Phil Stortz is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Lady Colonels softball team. Stortz has made his mark as a coach, player and umpire on the softball field. He coached an adult softball team for more than thirty years, while also playing fast pitch softball. He is also certified as an umpire by the P.I.A.A., NCAA and the ASA and has umpired playoff games on all three levels. Included among his more memorable moments as an umpire was the opportunity to umpire a game that featured the United States Olympic Softball Team. Stortz also has experience as a high school basketball coach. He spent 12 seasons coaching girl's and boy's basketball at three area schools, Crestwood, Nanticoke and Hanover Area.
Tom Dunsmuir, Assistant Coach
Tom Dunsmuir begins his 20th year as an assistant coach with the Wilkes softball program. During that time he has helped the Lady Colonels advance to the conference playoffs on 11 occassions. During that same span, Wilkes has earned three berths into the NCAA Division III Championship, and five trips to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
During the 2000 season, Dunsmuir served as the interim head coach of the Lady Colonels and led the squad to an overall record of 28-11. Wilkes advanced to the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
Dunsmuir and his wife Kathy, are the parents of two children, Matthew and Lindsay.
Jan Nunemacher, Assistant Coach
Nunemacher starts her second season as an assistant coach with the Lady Colonels after enjoying a standout four-year career as a member of the Wilkes team. During her four seasons the catcher started 126 of the 128 games that she appeared in and hit an impressive .294. Nunemacher finished her career with 22 doubles and eight triples, while also contributing 60 runs batted in and 42 runs scored. A team captain in 2006, she helped lead the squad to the Freedom Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Jan was named to the 2004 All-Freedom Conference first team.
Jan received plenty of individual honors for her efforts in the classroom as well. She was a three-time member of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll and was awarded the 2006 MASCAC Senior Scholar-Athlete Award for softball. Nunemacher was also honored as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete, and was selected as the 2006 Wilkes Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.