Coach Newberry breaks all-time Division III career wins record as Muskies beat Otterbein
NEW CONCORD, April 27, 2005 - Muskingum College Head Softball Coach Donna Newberry, the winningest active coach in Division III, broke the all-time NCAA Division III career wins record of 721 after defeating Otterbein College (8-3) in game two of a scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday. With the win, Newberry collected her 722 career victory. [boxscore game one] [boxscore game two]
Newberry, in her 31st season at the helm of the Muskies, has led the Lady Muskies to the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament every year since its inception in 1985 and to the championship game 18 times, including 10 straight appearances from 1986-1995. In those 18 appearances Muskingum won the OAC title 14 times.
On the national level, she has led Muskingum to 14 NCAA regional appearances, including seven straight from 1998-2004, and five NCAA Division III World Series appearances in 1992, 1998, 2001 (National Champions), 2003 and 2004. Newberry’s peers have selected her for OAC Coach of the Year honors 10 times.
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 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.
Muskingum (29-5, 12-2) hits the field next when it travels to Heidelberg College on Friday, April 29. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m.