Brittney Matta–Director of Softball Operations
Brittney Matta begins her second season as the South Mountain Community College softball head coach in the 2020-2021 school year. A two-time national champion at Arizona State, Matta has brought a new attitude and aggression to the Cougars.
In her first season in charge, SMCC turned in some impressive performances. SMCC batted .314 as a team and attacked the base paths all year, totaling 67 stolen bases to lead all ACCAC squads. Their 10 triples also tied for the league lead and scored 118 runs.
Individually, Ali Ashner and Julia Ruble each won an ACCAC Player of the Week award, and Vanessa Gutierrez took home an ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honor.
Matta served as an assistant coach at Mesa Community College under head coach Grady Moorhead from 2017-2019. She helped take MCC to the NJCAA Division II Regional Finals as the Thunderbirds were one win away from the Women’s Junior College World Series.
Matta started at ASU in 2006 and was the only walk-on to make the squad. She was a member of the 2008 NCAA National Champions and then served as an undergraduate assistant coach on the 2011 NCAA National Champions.
She became the head coach at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., in 2014. In her first year of coaching, she took her team into the Arizona Interscholastic Association playoffs.
Matta graduated from ASU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher and Post-Secondary Education.
Matta is originally from Northern California and graduated from Woodland High School, where she watched her father coach Dustin Pedroia. Matta has a daughter, Ava, that is very much a part of the Cougar family.
Brandon Telesco –Softball Player Development Coordinator
Brandon Telesco starts his second season as an assistant coach on the South Mountain Community College softball team in the 2020-21 academic year. A private hitting coach for several collegiate and professional baseball and softball players. Telesco works with Cougar hitters and outfielders. He helped orchestrate the Cougar offense to several ACCAC statistical highs including team batting average, stolen bases, and extra base hits.
Telesco was an accomplished prep baseball prospect who had his career derailed by multiple injuries. He underwent Tommy John surgery and endured several arm and elbow injuries during his collegiate career before turning to coaching and scouting.
He attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College and San Diego Christian, ultimately completing his Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership at Arizona State University in 2018.