Ron Mattila (Slowpitch Softball)
Ron Mattila exemplifies the notion of a player getting better with age. Playing for the Pierce County Parks in the early 1970s, Mattila played outfield and helped lead his team to a preseason tournament championship in 1971 and a C Division State tournament championship in 1976, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the latter.
Mattila's softball career really took off once he began playing senior softball in the 1990s, however. He has helped lead his team to five national tournament championships, earning numerous all-star honors and all-defensive player recognition at the Major level USSSA in Salem, Oregon.
The Los Angeles native earned all-American honors at the 1998 ASA National Tournament in Memphis and at the 2006 National Major Plus tournament in Plano, Texas. Throughout his entire career, Mattila has maintained an incomparable .630 batting average.
Beyond softball, Mattila ran track for Seattle Pacific University in the early 1970s, recording a 9.9 time in the 100-yard dash at 33 years of age. He earned outstanding athlete honors at numerous meets, and his 11.5-second performance in the 100-meter dash while he was in his early 40s easily beat runners half his age.
Mattila attended Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma and graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1971. He coached softball for 15 years and continues to coach track & field.