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West Ashley Welcomes New Head Softball Coach Amanda Matsumoto

Matsumoto holds CSU Records for career hits, career stolen bases, and single season hits

Charleston, SC – West Ashley High School has named the 2017 Charleston Southern University Female Athlete of the Year, Amanda Matsumoto, as its next head softball coach. Matsumoto joins the Wildcats after a successful run with Christian Academy of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are looking forward to the energy and knowledge Coach Matsumoto brings from her college playing experience,” said West Ashley Athletic Director Jeffrey Fipps. “She will make a great addition to the coaching staff at West Ashley. We are happy to have Matsumoto joining our team!”

Starting with the 2018 season, Matsumoto worked at Christian Academy of Louisville as the assistant middle school softball coach before she moved up to become the assistant high school coach.

Matsumoto also coached travel ball for three years, most recently as the head coach for SC TeamSmith 14U, and served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Charter Coach for middle and high schools in the Louisville area during that time as well.

“I am honored to be the next head coach at West Ashley and couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Wildcat family,” said Matsumoto. “I want to thank both Coach Fipps and Mr. Cumback for this opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the team and building a first-class program that develops players on the field while also preparing them for life beyond softball. I have been fortunate to play for and coach with some incredible coaches and I hope to leave the same positive impact on my team. We will work day in and day out to have a program in which our players, families, and the community take pride. Go Wildcats!”

Matsumoto graduated from Charleston Southern University (CSU) in 2017 as a Communication and Psychology major before going to graduate school at the University of Louisville where she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

While at CSU, she was a four-year starter for the institution, a four-time Big South All Conference Team member, and was named a Big South Conference All-Decade Team member. Matsumoto holds CSU records for career hits, career stolen bases, and single season hits. She was named the Charleston Southern Female Athlete of the Year in 2017.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Matsumoto to our Wildcat Family,” said West Ashley Principal Ryan Cumback. “Coach Matsumoto’s impressive resume on and off the field will most certainly take our program to the next level.”

Matsumoto, an only child, grew up in Palatine, IL, a suburb outside of Chicago. She attended William Fremd High School where she graduated in 2013. Looking to move to a warmer climate, Matsumoto made her way to CSU after receiving a full scholarship to play softball for the institution.

“I had the opportunity to start my freshman year and I don't think I would have had that opportunity at some of the bigger schools I received offers from,” said Matsumoto. “The CSU coach at the time, Shane Winkler, had a lot of the same values and standards my high school coach had which made it an easy transition.”

For more information, contact WAHS Public Relations Director Donnie Newton at 843-852-2516.