Newberry named to the NFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2008
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, December 5, 2007 - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that legendary Muskingum College Head Softball Coach Donna Newberry will be inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame at the NFCA 25th Anniversary National Convention that will be held from December 10-13, 2008, at the Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott.
Newberry, the all-time winningest softball coach in NCAA Division III with 817 career wins, has been at the helm of the Fighting Muskie program for 34 years. During that span, she has guided Muskingum to 17 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, 17 NCAA Regional appearances, seven NCAA Regional Championships, seven NCAA World Series appearances and led the Black & Magenta to their first-ever National Championship in 2001.
She has compiled an impressive overall record of 817-370-1 (.688 winning percentage) and an amazing 318-62-1 (.837) slate in the Ohio Athletic Conference play. Newberry has led the Lady Muskies to the OAC tournament every year since its inception in 1985 and to the championship game 21 times, including 11 straight appearances from 1997-2007.
Newberry's peers have selected Newberry as OAC Coach of the Year 10 times, and her coaching staffs have been selected Regional Coaching Staff of the Year six times and National Coaching Staff of the Year once.
More than 60 players have earned all-league honors and 13 players have been named All-American under Coach Newberry's tenure. The All-Americans include Mandy Carnes (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003), Nicole Blubaugh (2003, 2004, 2005), Kari Hoying (2006, 2007), Erica Hoyt (2003, 2004), Kim Tackett (2005), Amy Iammarino (2005), April Rader (2004), Shauna Jellison (2004), Carla Kampschmidt (2001), Jennifer Segner (2000), Kris Naegele (1992), Chris Sheaffer (1992) and Kate Titus (1989, 1990).
Newberry graduated from Glenville State (W.Va.) College in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She earned her master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1974.
In addition to serving as head softball coach, Newberry is the assistant athletic director and an assistant professor of health and physical education at Muskingum. She previously coached the Lady Muskie field hockey and women’s basketball programs. Her 403 victories in basketball makes her the only women’s coach in NCAA Division III history to win more than 400 games in more than one sport.
Newberry will be inducted along with Cal State Northridge Head Coach Gary Torgeson, former Oklahoma State Head Coach Sandy Fischer, Wayne State Head Coach Gary Bryce, Mississippi State Head Coach Jay Miller and DePaul Head Coach Eugene Lenti.