Matt Cunningham was hired as the first University of Michigan-Dearborn head baseball coach to take over the program that begins play in 2017-18.
The Wolverines are set to begin competing in the NAIA and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference starting with the 2017-18 school year, joining women's soccer and bringing the total number of NAIA sports offered at UM-Dearborn to 10.
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.