|Previous College:||Stonehill College '06|
2013 NECC Coach of the Year
2013 Newbury Coach of the Year
Brook Capello enters her ninth year at Newbury and fifth as the head coach of the Newbury College softball program. Over the past four seasons as the helm she has compiled a 56-88 overall record and 39-31 against the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
Recruiting a plethora of young talent, the Nighthawks reached the NECC Championship Tournament for the third time in four years claiming an 11-7 conference record in 2014. In the process, the Nighthawks had the most representatives on the All-Conference squad - including three All-NECC First Team honorees (Sheri Liggiero, Alyssa Donovan and Lindsey Clark).
In addition, Liggiero became the first Newbury softball player to earn regional honors, being selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Third Team. The Nighthawks' centerfielder, who had a career-long 13-game hitting streak midway through the season, finished the year 51st in the nation in stolen bases with 19 to surpass Katelyn Mark for the program's single-season record.
Offensive records were not the only records that fell in 2014 under Coach Capello's tutelage. Junior right-hander Olivia Kenyon passed 2013 graduate Rebecca Roach for the program's single-season win record, posting a 14-15 record with a 3.56 ERA and 135 strikeouts.
The previous season, in 2013, Capello earned NECC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Nighthawks to a program-best 21-19 record and earn the third seed in the NECC post-season with a 12-4 conference record.
The Nighthawks shattered the record book in 2013, breaking 21 offensive and defensive records. Batting .311 as a team, they surpassed previous single-season team-highs in slugging percentage (.389), runs (223), hits (356), doubles (49), homeruns (10), RBIs (183) and total bases (445). On the rubber, the Nighthawk pitchers saw their team ERA drop to a program best 3.93 while allowing an all-time team low 1.98 walks per seven innings.
In the third phase of the game, the Nighthawks were on top of the NECC with a .939 fielding percentage. Registering a program-best 785 put-outs, 365 assists, the Nighthawks turned 10 double-plays while throwing out 14 would-be base-stealers and allowing just eight passed balls.
Newbury saw four members of the 2013 squad earn NECC All-Conference honors. Junior Katie Haney earned All-NECC First Team honors at shortstop while first years Sheri Liggiero and Michaela McGowan were selected to the First Team in centerfield and and first base, respectively. Fellow first year backstop Alyssa Donovan also earned conference accolades being named NECC Honorable Mention.
In her first season at the helm in 2011, the Nighthawks improved in all facets of the game which helped them to their first appearance in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) semifinals with a 9-7 conference record.
The Nighthawks bested their previous season totals in eight categories: batting average, slugging percentage, triples, homeruns, stolen base percentage, strikeouts looking and errors. They finished the season hitting .264 as a team - 11 percentage points shy of their all-time season-high but 11 better than 2010’s .255. In addition, the Nighthawks saw a dramatic increase in their power numbers, toppling season-highs in slugging percentage (.364), triples (11), homeruns (9) and total bases (308) as well as coming within four of 2010’s season-high 40 doubles.
While the Nighthawk bats were red-hot, there were great strides being made in the field. Newbury pitchers nearly averaged one strikeout per inning (6.34) as they struck out 176 opposing batters – 48 of them looking, a new single-season record. The fielders behind the pitchers were also greatly improved committing less errors then they have in the three previous seasons.
Prior to the 2011 season, Capello spent four years as an assistant coach with the Nighthawks. As an assistant coach at Newbury, she has helped the program make great strides including two trips to the Association of Division III Independents Championship Tournament.
A native of Hanover, Mass., she graduated from Stonehill College in the spring of 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in criminology before earning her Master's Degree in social work from Boston College in 2010. In addition, Coach Capello also serves as a staff assistant in the Registrar's office.
|Previous College:||Elms '11|
Jenna Lipscomb enters her first season as assistant coach under fourth year Head Coach Brook Capello. Lipscomb brings wealth of experience to Newbury after spending the past season at nearby, non-conference rival Lasell College.
While at Lasell, she served as an assistant coach for the 2013 season then later as the interim head coach. In addition to assisting with practice plans and on-field defensive strategies, Lipscomb also coordinated the Lasers strength and conditioning program, recruiting and analyzing potential student-athletes as well as organizing off-field operations such as travel logistics and meal money distribution.
Lipscomb is no stranger to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as a 2011 graduate of Elms College where she played two years for the Blazers after transferring from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. A two-time All-NECC First Team shortstop at Elms, Lipscomb helped the Blazers to back-to-back NECC Championship Game appearances in 2010 and 2011 as well as the 2011 ECAC Tournament Quarterfinals with a 22-15 record. In her two years at Elms, she hit .353 (76-for-215) with nine doubles, 39 RBIs as well as an outstanding .408 on-base percentage and .862 stolen base percentage (25-for-29) over the course of 70 games.
After graduating from Elms with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology in December, 2011, Lipscomb spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach for the Blazers. Under 27-year veteran softball Head Coach Cheryl Condon, she assisted in generating practice plans, recorded games and practices as well as assisted in the program’s fundraising efforts.
A native of Cambridge, Mass., Lipscomb currently is also the Head Coach of the U14 Boston Bandits in West Roxbury, Mass. after spending the past two years as the Head Coach of the U16 Connecticut Mirage as well as works part-time as a personal care assistant in Greater Boston.
|Previous College:||Framingham St. '13|
Kim Danish enters her first season as assistant coach under fourth year Head Coach Brook Capello. A former catcher and third baseman, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Nighthawk backstops and infielders.
Danish currently is the Head Coach of the 12U Raiders Softball Club Team of Concord, Mass. where she has coached as both an assistant and head coach for the past five years. At the helm of the 12U Raiders, Danish is responsible for coordinating practices and games, stimulate an environment conducive to learning the game, motivating and inspiring youth softball players as well as build a foundation of teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication for young athletes.
On the diamond, she was stand-out player, helping the Milford (Mass.) Varsity softball team to two undefeated Midland-Wachusett Division A (MWA) Championships. As captain of the Scarlet Hawks in 2009, Danish led the young Milford squad to a 21-2 finish as she posted the third highest batting average in the MWA and was named to “The Boston Globe” First Team as well as an MWA All-Star.
After spending one year at Babson College, Danish transferred to Framingham State University where she started 21 of 23 games for the Rams in 2011. A Dean’s List student at Framingham State, she graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in psychology.