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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