Shelley Newton

Head Softball Coach


Newton's first season as head coach saw the Rams win a school-record 18 games.The second year coach and the BC softball squad looks to continue success in year two. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Newton previously spent a season as an assistant at Alderson-Broaddus University, as the team went 21-17 and had five All-GMAC selections, including Freshman of the Year. Her year with the Battlers followed six years as an assistant at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Newton overlooked outfielders and hitters at UVa.-Wise, helping the program to 159 wins in six seasons. While with the Cavaliers, Newton instructed 14 All-Conference selections and eight All-Academic honorees and saw the program set multiple new offensive records. In 2014, the team finished the year with a 37-14 record and won the first-ever Mountain East Conference Tournament title.

Newton began her coaching career at Wise following a standout career with the Cavaliers, where she was a four-year starting catcher and third baseman. She closed her career with a .352 batting average and a .577 slugging percentage while holding the school record for RBIs (183) and doubles (63). Newton was a four-time first team All-AAC and first team All-Region honoree and was the 2008 AAC Player of the Year. She helped lead her team to three AAC titles, two regional championships, and two NAIA National Tournament appearances.

Before continuing her playing career at UVa.-Wise, Newton lettered four years and graduated with honors from Western Branch High School. She was a first team all-district and all-region honoree for three seasons and competed in the Virginia State All-Star Game in 2004.

Newton gained her BA in Physical Education with a concentration in sport management from UVa.-Wise in 2008.

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