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Nevada baseball adds renown hitting guru Matt Lisle to coaching staff

Matt Lisle
Hitting guru Matt Lisle has joined the Wolf Pack baseball team's coaching staff. (Photo from YouTube video)

Matt Lisle, whose 16-year coaching career included a stint with the Chicago White Sox and a rise to fame on social media, has been hired as Nevada baseball’s director of player and program development.

“I’m very excited to welcome Matt and his wife, Jessica, to Nevada baseball,” Nevada head coach T.J. Bruce said in a news release. “Matt brings a wealth of experience that our program will resonate with. We are very fortunate to have the Lisle family in Reno.”

Lisle, a renown hitting guru, was most recently an assistant coach for the Fresno State softball team in 2020 under head coach Linda Garza, who was hired by Nevada this offseason. In the shortened 2020 season, Fresno State went 21-4, including a win over No. 2 Texas. The Bulldogs ranked top 10 in the country in several offensive categories and finished the season ranked in every Top 25 for the first time since 2016.

“I’m incredibly grateful for TJ Bruce for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Wolf Pack baseball family,” Lisle said in a news release. “He has built not only a championship program on the field, but a championship culture as well, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Prior to Fresno State, Lisle served as hitting strategist for the Chicago White Sox. Lisle was responsible for creating the assessment and evaluation system and process for all hitters in the organization. He oversaw the execution of all assessments and created individual hitting plans based on hitter's strengths and weaknesses in all areas of hitting. Before moving to the major leagues, Lisle's career was in college athletics, both baseball and softball. He was the head coach at Menlo College (2016) and Gallaudet University (2008) and an assistant at South Carolina (2018), Santa Clara (2015), Cal State-East Bay (2014), Oregon (2013) and Patten University (2006).

In addition to his high school and collegiate coaching positions, Lisle has built a strong following online with over 1 million followers on social media and has served as a hitting consultant for several MLB players and organizations. His website dubs him, "The Internet's most followed baseball and softball coach." Lisle earned his bachelor's degree in organizational management from Patten University in 2006.

Josh Prizina transfers to Division II school

Spanish Springs High alum Josh Prizina, who has spent the last four seasons at Nevada, has transferred to West Florida, a Division II school in Pensacola.

A catcher/utility player, Prizina saw minimal playing time with the Wolf Pack. In 23 games (10 starts), Prizina was 4-of-40 (.100) with two doubles. He walked three times and struck out in 20 at-bats. A 6-foot-6, 225-pounder, Prizina was the Reno Gazette-Journal's Male Athlete of the Year during his senior season at Spanish Springs. He was a three-time letter winner in baseball and basketball, earning first-team all-region honors in both sports.

Prizina made the all-state basketball team as a senior when he hit .428 with 16 homers and 95 RBIs in one of the best offensive seasons in local high school history.

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