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Former Bears infielder Matt Lawson returned to assist the Missouri State coaching staff as a student assistant coach in 2014 after wrapping up a successful seven-year professional playing career.
Lawson was a three-year letterwinner at second base for MSU from 2005-07, picking up second-team All-MVC honors as a sophomore in 2006 after hitting .330 and leading the club in runs scored (43), doubles (19), triples (3) and stolen bases (20). He added an honorable mention all-conference nod in 2007, and ranks eighth on the Bears' career assists and double-plays turned lists.
A 14th-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 2007, Lawson advanced as far as Triple-A Columbus with the Cleveland Indians organization, hitting a career-best .327 in 2012 with Class AA Erie. He was named a California League (Class A) All-Star in 2009, batting .293 with career highs in home runs (10) and RBIs (57) for Bakersfield. He followed that performance with an effort that earned him a spot in the Texas League (Class AA) All-Star Game the following year before being packaged as part of a trade to the Seattle Mariners that included American League Cy Young Award-winner Cliff Lee in July 2010.
Lawson, a Carl Junction, Mo., product, is working toward completing his bachelor's degree in exercise science at MSU. He resides in Springfield with his wife, Mallory, an assistant volleyball coach at Evangel University.