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Mount St. Joseph officially announced that current assistant coach Jeff Newman replaces Chuck Murray who resigned to assume the responsibilities of head women’s tennis coach. The Lions are coming off a 8-28 season, and a 4-19 HCAC record.
“The recent departure and reconfiguration of the Head Wrestling Coach position has afforded us the ability to provide an opportunity that Chuck has been thinking of pursuing for some time,’’ Athletics Director Steve Radcliffe said. “We are very much appreciative of his 17 years of work in baseball at the Mount. During this time he has achieved 400 victories and has set the bar for future years of success, very high. We also think that Coach Murray will bring this winning tradition to the Women’s Tennis team as he undertakes this new role.”
“We are extremely confident in Jeff’s ability to move the baseball program back into prominence within the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference,” says Radcliffe. Newman has been the baseball team’s Associate Head Coach the past five seasons.
“I want to thank the Mount for allowing me to be part of the baseball program for the last 17 years as the Head Coach,’’ adds Murray, who was also an assistant for first three years in the Lions’ baseball program before taking over the head coaching duties. “I want to thank all my former players and coaches for all the hard work and dedication which made our program a strong one. The baseball program is in good heads with Coach Newman taking over, and I wish nothing but the best for Mount baseball.
"I am honored to be named the next baseball coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph,’’ states Newman, who has been assistant at the Mount for 11 seasons. “I am grateful to President Aretz, Dean Frizzell and Mr. Radcliffe for giving me this opportunity to lead the baseball program. We look forward to building upon the great program that Coach Murray established and also look forward to reclaiming the glory days of Mount baseball.”