|College:||Stonehill College '06|
2013 NECC Coach of the Year
2013 Newbury Coach of the Year
Brook Capello enters her fourth season at the helm of the Newbury softball program, compiling a 40-69 record and 28-24 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
In 2013, Coach 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 pahse 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.
In the process, the Nighthawks 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 2012, the Nighthawks finsihed the season with a 9-26 record and 7-11 in conference action. First year Anjelina Mayjoffo earned NECC Rookie of the Week honors in two weeks while junior starter Rebecca Roach was named to the All-Conference Second Team after leading the NECC with 130 strikeouts.
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.