Tatjana Matthews (Slawson) is entering her third season as Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for the Koalas’ softball program.
Matthews came to Columbia College from USC Salkehatchie, a member of the NJCAA Division I Region X conference, where she spent two seasons as the head softball coach. She also served as a professor in both Physical Education and Criminal Justice.
Prior to USC Salkehatchie, Matthews was the head assistant at NCAA Division I North Carolina A&T State University. While at A&T her primary responsibilities included coaching pitchers and catchers, hitting instruction and working with infielders. Matthews’ collegiate coaching experience began at Charleston Southern University where she was a graduate assistant after completing her collegiate playing career with the Buccaneers.
A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews graduated from Francis Marion University in 2007 with a B.S. in Sociology. She was a member of the Patriot Softball team where she holds the record for most RBI in a season and is top 10 in doubles, career RBI, career home runs, fielding percentage, games played/started, and consecutive games started. While at FMU she was a middle infielder and catcher. Matthews (Slawson) was an Academic All-American, member of Peach Belt Honor Roll, and All-Region team member while at FMU.
After graduating form FMU, Matthews had one year of collegiate eligibility left and continued her playing career and education at Division I Charleston Southern University where she earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice and played shortstop for the Buccaneers.
Matthews has one son, Tucker, and she and her family reside in Columbia, SC.