Associate coach Barbi Mattson enters her fifth season at Angelina College, having teamed up with husband Mark to establish the Lady Roadrunner softball program as a national powerhouse. The Mattsons led the team to the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Championship in just their third year guiding the program. The title was the first in Angelina College athletics history, and the Lady ?Runners became the first Texas team to capture the NJCAA Division I title since the tournament's inception in 1977.
As a result, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named the Mattsons the Coaching Staff of the Year for NJCAA?s Division I. The couple received the award at an NFCA national convention held in Las Vegas in December of 2014.
Barbi played her prep-school softball at Fort Collins, Colorado before moving to College Station, Texas and attending A&M Consolidated High School. From there, she earned a scholarship to Division I junior college Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. At Snow, Mattson alternated as a middle infielder between shortstop and second base, earning All-Conference honors as a freshman and All-Region honors as a sophomore. Barbi also earned her associate of arts degree in Spanish from Snow College.
Her work at Snow led to a softball scholarship at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, where Mattson switched to first base. Mattson?s squad rewrote the record books, with Barbi?s name included among several categories: All-time leader in home runs with 26, No. 1 in slugging percentage, walks, defensive chances, putouts and double plays turned; tied for No. 2 in runs scored; No. 2 in slugging percentage; No. 4 in walks; No. 5 in RBI; No. 6 in total bases; and No. 10 in batting average. Mattson earned her bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Adams State, where she served as a student coach ? in both softball and volleyball ? after graduation.
Mattson would earn her masters degree in Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine.
In 2010, Barbi and Mark started the softball program at North Dakota State College of Science, where she coached for two years. She and Mark arrived in Lufkin and Angelina College in 2013.
The 2017 Lady Roadrunners shattered several program records, including home runs in a season (100) and wins in a season (45), among others. In addition, the 2014 Lady Roadrunners were named to the Academic All-American list with a team-wide 3.3 GPA. In their first four seasons, the Mattsons saw five Lady Roadrunners named to All-American teams.
Barbi and Mark live in Lufkin, Texas with their children Miken, Juco and Marki.