Matthew Righter was named as the fifth head coach of the Vassar College baseball team in October of 2016. Righter comes to Vassar after serving as the head baseball coach at nearby SUNY New Paltz for the last three seasons, where he helped improve the winning percentage by 200 percent in his third year. He recruited and coached the SUNYAC 2015 and 2016 Freshmen of the Year, while also helping the team to 20 wins in 2016.
Before his tenure at New Paltz, Righter worked as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD from 2009 to 2014. Righter was the recruiting coordinator as well, where he helped lead the Blue Jays to the 2010 NCAA Division III College World Series along with four conference championships.
Furthermore, Righter coached three players that pursued professional baseball careers, along with four All-Americans and two student-athletes that earned NCAA and D3baseball.com Player of the Year accolades.
During his time at Johns Hopkins, Righter also founded eBaseball Training, LLC, which delivered a variety of individual and team lessons, camps and clinics to help amateur baseball players develop their skills and achieve their goals. Within eBaseball Training, he also established the Baltimore Baseball Camp in 2011, a recruiting camp for Maryland college coaches.
In the summer of 2014, Righter went abroad to serve as the head baseball coach and advanced pitching coordinator for the Hünenberg Unicorns of Swiss Baseball Federation. He helped implement strategies for the squad, while helping the Unicorns to the National League B playoffs for the first time in team history. He also managed pitching sessions with other players in the National League A division.
Righter was a two-sport star in his playing days at Johns Hopkins from 2000-2004, earning team captain honors for both the baseball and basketball teams. He was named JHU “Male Athlete of the Year” in 2004, and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round. Righter pitched in the Tigers organization for five seasons, reaching as high as AAA Toledo before focusing on his coaching career.
A 2004 graduate from JHU with a degree in international relations, he earned his Masters in Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Phoenix during his time as a professional baseball player.