The Wolverines are set to begin competing in the NAIA and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference starting with the 2017-18 school year. Cunningham has been chosen to lead UM-Dearborn as the program's first head coach after being hired in 2016.
Cunningham has spent the last year recruiting and building a program in preparation for the 2017-18 season.
Cunningham has coaching experience with the Bullpen Baseball Academy in Novi, Mich., where he was the lead individual catching instructor and directed the organization's winter clinics. He also instructed camps for Wayne State University baseball, Strictly Catching and Anthony Bass Pitching.
Cunningham completed a standout career at Wayne State in 2008. He was a two-time captain, four-time Academic All-League and was named to the GLIAC All-League Second Team in 2005. Cunningham earned the prestigious NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award in 2008 and received the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Academic Excellence.
In May 2016, Cunningham graduated with Juris Doctorate from Wayne State. He also graduated from Wayne State with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Cum Laude, in 2007 and with a Master of Arts in Education, Cum Laude, in 2009.
Matthew Williams enters his first season as an assistant coach for the UM-Dearborn baseball team as the Wolverines get set for the first year as a varsity program in 2017-18.
Williams was a teammate of UM-Dearborn head coach Matt Cunningham at Wayne State University, where Williams played from 2005-09. He was named an All-GLIAC shortstop and was a member of the 2008 GLIAC championship team, that also reached the regional final. He began his college career at Henry Ford Community College.
The Southfield, Mich., native graduated from Wayne State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.