Brent Matthias | Head Coach
Brent Matthias, the current head softball coach at Waverly-Shell Rock High School, has been named the next head softball coach at Simpson College, Director of Athletics Brian Niemuth announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.
A veteran coach with experience at the Division III level, Matthias will honor his contract with Waverly-Shell Rock through the 2016 season and begin coaching the Storm during the 2017 campaign. Kyle Owens will serve as Simpson’s interim head coach for the 2016 season, though Matthias will immediately become actively involved in recruiting.
“Brent is a perfect fit for Simpson,” Niemuth said. “He has been a winner everywhere he’s coached and he brings significant experience as a recruiter at the Division III level. He has a great passion for coaching and we are excited for him to begin his tenure.”
Matthias most recently spent the 2015 season as the head coach at Waverly-Shell Rock, where he led the Go-Hawks to a Class 4A-best 34 wins in his first year at the helm. The Go-Hawks won the Northeast Iowa Conference title and advanced to the State Tournament.
“I’m excited to be at a place where the foundation has been built and student-athletes have won two national titles,” Matthias said. “I’m excited to be a part of the Simpson family, knowing the importance that is placed on well-being of student-athletes. It’s a place where winning is important – both on the diamond and in life.”
Matthias began his coaching career as an assistant baseball coach at Wartburg College, where he also served in the admissions department. Matthias helped the Knights to four-straight Iowa Conference championships and four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1999-2002, including the program’s first appearance in the Division III College World Series in 2000. He also spent the 2010 season as an assistant at Wartburg.
Before taking his current post at Waverly-Shell Rock, Matthias coached Denver High School in Denver, Iowa from 2007-14. He won more than 130 games in his seven years with the Cyclones.
“I’ve always been a coach that likes to play at a fast pace with lots of energy so the kids have fun. We will play every day like it’s our last. Nothing is more important than the game ahead of us. Nothing is more important than the precious present, the day we have.”
Matthias and his wife, Kari, have four children: Brenden, Kali, Kira and Keela.
Kyle Owens | Interim Head Coach
Kyle Owens enters his 13th season on the coaching staff at Simpson in 2016 and first as interim head coach following 12 seasons as an assistant. Since joining the staff in 2004, Owens has helped the Storm to four NCAA Tournament appearances and an Iowa Conference title in 2010.
Owens is a long-time travel coach in Central Iowa. Owens-coached teams have won six Iowa State Championships at various age levels - U-10, U-12, U-16, U-18, including a U-16 ASA Northern National Championship in 2005. He's served on the board of the South Des Moines Girls Softball Association and was a founding board member of the Mid Iowa Girls Softball Association (MIGS).
A 1981 Simpson graduate, Owens was a letterwinner on the football team during his career. He and his wife, Pam Feldman Owens '83, have four daughters: Emily, Carlye '09, Annie and Jaycie. Jaycie is a freshman at Simpson in 2015-16.
Owens graduated from Simpson with degrees in economics and business administration. He has served as the Vice President of Investments at Raymond James & Associates for the last 18 years. In 2013, he earned Simpson's Dick Buxton Award for community members who willingly give his or her time and effort in support of athletics at Simpson College.
Penney Arey | Assistant Coach
The 2015 season marks Arey's 15th as an assistant coach at Simpson. Arey played for the Storm from 1980-82 and received her degree from Simpson in physical education. She is a veteran of ASA competition throughout the Des Moines area. Coach Arey is also a physical education teacher at Indianola Middle School and is the mother of former Simpson pitcher, Kacee Arey.