Having reached the 150-win plateau in 2012, Robyn Newton begins her 13th season as head coach of the Saint Michael's softball team in 2013, and her 14th as a college head coach. She has guided the Purple Knights to eight of the nine winningest seasons in program history, including three 20-win seasons in the mid-2000s.
Among the Purple and Gold's wins in 2012 was Newton's 150th on April 6 during a doubleheader sweep of American International College (AIC), and a 1-0 triumph over fourth-place Le Moyne College on April 20. Saint Michael's had last downed the Dolphins during regular-season play in 1999.
The 2011 squad knocked off eventual NE-10 Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Southern Connecticut State University, 4-3, on April 22. Saint Michael's also defeated postseason competitors University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Southern New Hampshire University.
Newton's 2007 squad was 26-14 overall, setting a school record for victories, and 16-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The season capped a four-year run during which Saint Michael's was 90-71 overall and 59-52 in the league.
Newton led the Purple Knights to a 25-16 season in 2005. Picked to finish ninth in the NE-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, Newton's squad finished in fourth place. Saint Michael's earned a berth in NE-10 Tournament for the first time in program history, finishing in third place after going 2-2, including an upset victory of nationally-ranked Le Moyne.
Newton also had a record-setting season in 2004. She guided the Purple Knights to a 21-17 record, the program's first winning season since 1981 - the program was discontinued between 1982 and 1989 - and in the process shattered the program record for victories in a season (9). Newton's charges were 15-13 in the NE-10. For her efforts, she was named the NE-10 Coach of the Year, helping the Purple Knights finish eighth following a 14th-place finish in the NE-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Newton coached softball at a variety of levels prior to Saint Michael's, including as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont from 1995 to 1999. During the 2000 season she was the head coach at Trinity (Vt.) College while also holding the position of interim athletic director.
Before her coaching days, Newton was a standout on the Vermont softball team from 1992 to 1995. She was a four-year starting first baseman and a co-captain, while also being named the Sally Guerette Player of the Year for Vermont in 1994. In 138 career games, Newton had 89 hits, 51 RBIs and 35 runs. Her 42 hits and 23 RBIs as a junior were among the best in program history at the time.
Newton earned her bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Vermont, and earned her master's degree in education from Southern New Hampshire. Newton has taught physical education full-time at Vergennes Union Elementary School for the past 15 years.
|2004||Saint Michael's||21-17||15-13||NE-10 Coach
of the Year
First Postseason Appearance in Program History
Set Program Record for Conference Victories
|2007||Saint Michael's||26-14||16-12||Set Program
Record for Victories
Tied Program Record for Conference Victories
100th Career Victory
|2012||Saint Michael's||6-32||4-26||150th Career Victory|
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|College:||Saint Michael's '07|
Meggan (Roberge) Dulude '07 heads into her second season as the top softball assistant coach at Saint Michael's in 2013.
Dulude has also been on the administrative staff at her alma mater since June 2010, being promoted to assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator in November 2011. Dulude's primary efforts focus on compliance, finance and sport supervision. She previously served as coordinator of athletic facilities and student workers between her hire and subsequent promotion.
Dulude is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and was a June 2012 graduate of the NACWAA Institution for Administrative Advancement (IAA).
While an undergraduate at Saint Michael’s, Dulude compiled a legendary four-year softball career, and still holds virtually every pitching record in the program’s history. She posted a 63-36 record from 2004 to 2007, shattering the previous record of 14 career victories. She also amassed 804 strikeouts, more than the next three players in program history combined, and 31 shutouts in nearly 700 innings pitched, leading the Purple Knights to 18 or more victories each of her four seasons. She earned 22 of the Purple Knights’ 25 victories in their record-setting 2005 campaign, leading the team to its first appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. The team finished third. For her efforts, Dulude was inducted into the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
For her remarkable success both on and off the field, Dulude was honored as the NCAA Division II Northeast Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007, becoming one of eight finalists for the top honor in the country. She also was the NE-10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Saint Michael’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year as a senior. Among her many athletic accolades, Dulude was a two-time NE-10 Pitcher of the Year and three-time all-conference selection. The 2004 NE-10 Rookie of the Year capped her career with 2007 Daktronics Northeast Region and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Pitcher of the Year honors. Dulude was awarded the College’s Victor V. LeMieux ’36 Award as a senior, presented to an individual who demonstrates a high level of leadership and loyalty to his or her sport.
Dulude graduated from Saint Michael’s cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics. She was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honor society, and Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, and served on the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The native of Sheldon Springs, Vt., earned her master’s degree in sports leadership from Northeastern University, accumulating a 4.0 grade-point average.
|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|College:||Saint Michael's '07|
Meg Currier '07, one of the greatest first basemen and hitters in program history, remains with the Purple Knights for her sixth season as a volunteer assistant coach in 2013.
Currier finished her four-year career in 2007 tied for fourth in program history in hits (116) while adding 17 doubles, 10 home runs, 50 runs and 62 RBIs. She helped lead the Purple Knights to the greatest four-year run in program history, as Saint Michael's went 90-71 during her career.
Currier had one of the greatest offensive seasons in program history as a senior in 2007, as she helped lead Saint Michael's to a program-record for wins during a 26-14 season. She belted a career-best six home runs and added a team-high 24 RBIs, leading the Purple Knights to a 16-12 Northeast-10 Conference record. She also made just one error in 195 chances for a .995 fielding percentage.
Currier currently works as a supervisor of loan operations at People's United Bank in Burlington.