Bringing coaching experience from all levels of collegiate softball, Karen Matteson begins her first year with the Aggie program. She was named as UC Davis seventh softball coach on July 18, 2004.
Matteson came to UC Davis from Napa Valley College, where she served as head coach during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. She led Napa to the Bay Valley Conference title in her first season, earning BVC Coach of the Year honors. Last season, Matteson guided the Storm to a runner-up finish in the league's West Division.
Prior to her stint at NVC, she served as head softball coach at North Carolina Greensboro, member of the Southern Conference. Matteson guided the Spartans to a 31-27 mark in 2001 and a 35-30-1 ledger in 2002. UNC Greensboro finished fourth in league each season.
Matteson's held her first head coaching position at Cal St. Hayward, where she guided the Pioneers to an overall record of 80-56-1 in three years. She twice won Cal Pac Conference Coach of the Year accolades, posting a combined league record of 32-3 during 1999 and 2000. Matteson had served as an assistant coach at Hayward for two years.
As a collegiate player, Matteson lettered three years as a catcher and DP at the University of New Mexico from 1991 to 1994. Her total of 12 sacrifices in 1992 ranks tied for ninth in the Lobo single-season records. Matteson previously played at West Valley College, where she was selected as NorCal Catcher of the Year in 1990.
After her collegiate career, Matteson played two years in the Women's Professional Fastpich League as a member of the Georgia Pride and the Durham Dragons. In fact, she was a teammate of UC Davis All-American and current assistant coach Trisha Reinhardt.
Matteson earned her B.S. in kinesiology/physical education from Cal St. Hayward in 1996, then added a master's degree in that field in 1999. She served as an instructor both at Hayward and at Napa Valley College.