Matt Hollod
Matt Hollod
Title: PItching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Hollod enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Tigers.

Prior to Riverside, Hollod spent one year at Division I California State Northridge as the Director of Player Development and Operations. At Northridge, Hollod oversaw all statistical analysis, managed team travel, recruiting visits, and led fundraising events. Hollod was instrumental in doubling the profits from the programs annual alumni weekend.

Hollod served as head coach at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania from 2013-2015. At Wilkes, Hollod took over a last place program with a roster of 23 players and a team ERA of a 7.83. In three seasons, Hollod helped turn Wilkes into a playoff contender with a roster that increased to 35 players, a team ERA that was lowered to 4.79 and a victory over a #8 nationally ranked team. Twelve Colonels were named to the Freedom All-Conference team during his tenure.

In the fall of 2015, Hollod brought in the biggest recruiting class in the program's history. Off the field, Hollod implemented year around strength and conditioning programs for his athletes, both throwing and hitting programs. Furthermore, he created camps on campus for both high school and youth kids. Both programs and camps were a first for Wilkes University. Additionally, with the help and support of the university administration and president, Hollod spearheaded a facility upgrade that included a 30-foot tall, navy blue wall built in left field with a padded wall extended around to right field.

Prior to Wilkes, Hollod served as associate head baseball coach at DeSales University for two seasons. He handled recruiting duties for the team and worked with the pitching staff. In his two seasons with DeSales, Hollod helped lower the team ERA from 6.16 to 4.18.

"Coach Hollod really knows how to handle a pitching staff. He played a huge role in our pitchers development during his two years here, and did the same at Wilkes where he turned that program into a competitor very quickly." ~ Tim Neiman, Head Baseball Coach at DeSales University.

Prior to DeSales, Hollod served as an assistant coach at Willamette University in 2009 and at the University of Portland from 2003 to 2008. With the Pilots, Hollod helped recruit for Portland from 2006 to 2008 and he was instrumental in the program signing five All-Conference players as well as one All-American freshman.

"Matt was instrumental in attracting several of our key players, some of whom went on to enjoy all-conference and national recognition". Chris Sperry- former head coach at Portland.

At Portland, Hollod also helped set up an in-state rivalry match-up against former NCAA National Champion Oregon State at PGE Park in 2008. Hollod arranged and coordinated the 2009 Rose City Classic as well, featuring the Portland Pilots, Oregon Ducks, Washington Huskies and Hawai'i Warriors. He served as a representative for the university at the annual LPGA Safeway Classic fundraising events while performing other duties including managing the team budget and scheduling and implementing his fall hitting school for the first time at the university.

Hollod also has extensive summer coaching experience. Hollod is currently the head coach for the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs of the Coastal Plain league. This past summer, Hollod guided the Swamp Dogs to a first half championship. Hollod also served as head baseball coach for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League from 2010-2013. Hollod tallied 160 wins with the Stingers, which puts him in the top 10 all-time in the league. His .573 winning percentage was also the second-highest in the league's history. Hollod recruited and coached 38 players with the Stingers who have gone on to play professionally.

In 2010, Hollod was an associate head coach at Southern Utah University. In his one year as recruiting coordinator, he worked with pitchers, implemented a fall hitting school and managed team scheduling including travel expenses.

"Without reservation, I can say that Matt is the best assistant coach I've had the privilege of working with during my years at SUU. Being a two-way player in college, his understanding of the game encompassed not only pitching, but hitting, base running and outfield play as well." David Eldredge- Former SUU Head Coach.

Prior to his coaching career, Hollod was a four-time letter winner in baseball at the University of Washington and the University of Portland. During his freshman year at Washington, the Huskies won the Pac-10 Championship. He was an All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention during his junior season with Portland where he was a consistent starter for the Pilots on the mound. As a hitter, Hollod led the team in batting average during his final season.

Before college, Hollod played at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington.