Nicole Matson has been a staple coach at UTM ever since the business opened it's doors. Nicole is great with girls of all ages from littles to collegiate athletes. She's patient and extremely knowledgeable of the game of softball.
Nicole was an assistant coach for the Cal State East Bay softball team in 2017-18. She helped guide the Pioneers to a 27-25 record in 2017 with a 19-19 mark in the CCAA, just the second time the program has finished at least .500 since joining the conference.
Nicole spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Notre Dame de Namur. Prior to that, she served for two years on the coaching staff at San Francisco State, followed by one year at Menlo College.
Nicole is a graduate of University of the Pacific, where she played shortstop for four years and remains one of the top sluggers in program history. She helped lead the Tigers to their first ever Big West Conference championship in 2011. Nicole was named Big West Freshman of the Year and went on to earn All-Big West Honors four times. She led the Big West in home runs (13) as a junior, and was voted as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
She holds the program record with 61 hit-by-pitches, more than twice as many as the No. 2 player. She also ranks second in Pacific history in career home runs (37) and RBI (164), third in runs (149) and slugging (.562), and fourth in on-base percentage (.442), doubles (40), total bases (338), and walks (85).
A native of Castaic, Calif., Nicole attended Valencia High School, where she led the Vikings to four straight Foothill League titles. As a senior, she helped Valencia to a 32-1 record, the California State Championship, and the No. 1 ranking in the nation.
Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Sciences in 2011 and her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, both from Pacific.
Drew Healy is the owner of Up The Middle and Nor Cal Sports Baseball Academy.
Drew lives and breathes youth baseball and is a true student of the game. Drew excels with a high level of knowledge and understanding of bio-mechanics and physics and has a keen ability to understand the functions of body mechanics related to baseball fundamentals from fielding to throwing to hitting. Drew is also an expert youth coach using a firm and positive approach with players. The combination of Drew’s ability to understand mechanical functions of the game and his ability to work with children and transfer baseball education to youth players has been extremely successful. Drew is exceedingly passionate about youth baseball and thrives on building success and confidence in young players. Drew has been a youth coach for over 10 years, Manager for Belmont Blasters Baseball Club for 5 years, a private baseball instructor for over 5 years and is the former President of Belmont Redwood Shores Little League.
Guy Shinsato is a softball pitching specialist with an extensive coaching history. Guy is very creative and effective in his methods of providing fundamentals of softball pitching to aspiring athletes with many students moving to the collegiate level.
Guy's Softball Coaching History:
Academy of Art: 2019 - 2020
Contra Costa College: 2016, 2018
Carlmont High School Varsity - present
Punahou School ( Honolulu) 2006 - 2011, 2015
Kaiser High School (Honolulu) 2013
Hercules High School: 2017
Nor Cal Blast: 2015 - present
Hawaii Clubs: Kazes, Hurricanes, Hookela 2005 - 2014
Kyle Bestle joins us from New York where he played high school and college baseball. Kyle helped run the Troy Haymakers, an Amateur Men’s Team in Upstate New York and was on the coaching staff for a Collegiate Summer League Team. Kyle worked at The Baseball Center NYC in Manhattan where he gave private lessons and ran infield and hitting classes for groups of 10-15 athletes. Kyle graduated with a Sport Management degree from SUNY Cortland and focuses on the development, technique, and fundamentals of fielding and hitting.