Newbury resigns after highly successful run as Danvers softball coach | Sports
Danvers High softball coach Colleen Newbury, who led the Falcons to a Division 2 North championship this spring, has decided after six years with the Falcons and 21 years of high school softball training that she will take her retirement.
Newbury made the difficult decision to quit in order to spend more time with his 10-year-old daughter, Catherine. She briefed her DHS players and their parents at the team’s year-end banquet on Tuesday night.
“It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make,” said Newbury, 44, who was a star shortstop to Bishop Fenwick from 1992 to 1995 and won four straight state championships. division 1 under the direction of legendary coach Ed ‘. Buddy ‘Henry during the glory days of the Crusaders on the Diamond. “Catherine is playing softball now, and I missed him a lot between school and training.”
After taking over Tara Petrocelli’s schedule in 2016, Newbury has never won less than 14 games in his five seasons with Danvers High. The Falcons finished with an overall record of 74-33 under him, good for a 0.692 winning percentage. She always insisted on the fundamentals with her teams and demanded a lot from her players, to be firm but fair.
His teams had a combined 8-5 record in the Division 2 North playoffs, including four wins to claim the sectional crown this spring, where the Blues and Whites ended their shortened campaign with a 14-5 record.
Newbury teaches math at St. Mary’s of Lynn, where she previously coached softball and led the Spartans to two Division 3 State Championships (2009 and 2010), eight North Section titles and three trips to the State Finals. .
She will remain at the Grind Factory as the throwing instructor / principal of RES Angels College.
“I can’t totally get away from softball, and I love working with the younger kids,” Newbury admitted. “I will miss training at Danvers, but I felt the time was right.
“Having the longer season (until June) this year really worked out better for me as it was difficult to get out of school in St. Mary’s and rush to Danvers to practice or play,” he said. she added, “After school was over it was so much easier, but I know this program was right for this season.”
Newbury knows that once next season and practice begins, he will miss not being the Falcons’ softball coach even more.
“My biggest athletic influence has been Coach Newbury,” said Brooke Grassia, Salem News softball star, who will play at Framingham State next year. “I never really realized or appreciated how lucky I have been to have him as a coach over the past four years. His knowledge and love of the game is unique. Going from his training is to the both exciting and challenging because of what I learned from her on and off the pitch. “