Lyon College Softball Camps
Head CoachJessica Mattia
Jessica Mattia was named the head softball coach at Lyon College on May 6, 2019, after serving the 2018 and 2019 seasons as an assistant coach on the staff.
In 2019, Mattia coached a pair of all-conference pitchers. Sophomore Katelyn Platt was named as a First-Team All-American Midwest Conference selection after leading the conference with 18 wins this season. Platt also finished second in the conference with four saves this season. Freshman Faith Cornmesser earned Second-Team All-American Midwest Conference accolades for the Scots. Cornmesser went 7-2 in the circle with a 2.61 ERA.
In her first year on the staff in 2018, Mattia coached two of the top pitchers in the conference, including the American Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, Nicole Sanders. Sanders finished the 2018 season with the most wins in a single season (19) in program history. Platt had a strong freshman campaign in the circle in 2018 and recorded the second-most wins in program history with 16. As a team, the Scots posted their lowest combined ERA (2.25) and limited opposing batters to the lowest batting average against (.227) in program history. Platt finished the 2019 regular season with the most wins in the conference (17).
Prior to her arrival at Lyon, Mattia worked as an assistant coach at Delaware State (DSU). While at DSU, Mattia worked primarily with the pitching staff. She designed and executed pitching plans and practices for the pitchers and created charts to record statistics during games. She helped lead the Hornets to two consecutive MEAC Northern Division Championships. Mattia was in charge of setting up and executing fundraisers, team building exercises, community service events and organizing itineraries for games.
In 2014, Mattia returned to her alma mater, Virginia State University, as a volunteer assistant on the softball coaching staff. As a player at Virginia State, Mattia was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) co-Pitcher of the Year honoree. During her senior season, Mattia served as a team captain for VSU and was named as the Female Athlete of the Year for both the CIAA and Virginia State.
Mattia has been involved as a softball instructor for 5-Star Athletics in College Park, Md., since 2010. At 5-Star Athletics, Mattia has instructed youth on the fundamentals of softball through camps and clinics. She has also provided pitching lessons and clinics for groups of young pitchers.
Mattia graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Science from Virginia State. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Kinesiology at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.