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Donna Newberry



Donna J. Newberry

Donna had many teaching, coaching, and administrative responsibilities at Muskingum University, but she is best known for building quality programs in women’s basketball and softball which produced numerous conference and regional championships, appearances at several national finals tournaments in both sports, and one National Championship in softball (2001).

Nineteen of her players were named to All-American teams. She was recognized as the WNBC/Converse (basketball) Coach of the Year in 1991 and head of the NFCA (softball) Coaching Staff of the Year in 2001. In 2008, she was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

You Must Play to Win! A Coach's Journey from the Pit to the Pinnacle was written during the summer of 2010, just after discovering that her cancer had metastasized and the disease she had fought against and won twice before would be terminal. Friend and colleague Jane Varley, also on the faculty at Muskingum University, assisted Donna through the writing process until the manuscript was ready for a publisher. Donna passed away November 10, 2010, knowing her book would be published.


Jane Varley Jane Varley was born in 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa. She has studied English at the University of Idaho (Bachelors in 1986, Masters in 1990) and the University of North Dakota (Ph.D. in 1998), and is now an associate professor in the English Department at Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, where she teaches creative writing and literature.

Jane has published a number of poems, essays, and reviews in literary journals, and is the author of Flood Stage and Rising../titles/floodstageandrising.htm, a book published by the University of Nebraska Press (2005) describing the catastrophic flooding of Grand Forks, North Dakota, by the Red River – and its aftermath.