What a week it has been for St. Mary's Athletic Director and Girls Basketball Coach Jeff Newhall '94. Just days after he and his wife Chrissy welcomed twins into the world, Newhall coached his way to his 200th career win. The Spartans took a 59-50 victory against Bridgewater-Raynham on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a game that was played at Emmanuel College.
"I have had some great assistant coaches along the way who have helped me get this far," said Newhall. "From my current coaches, to everybody in Swampscott and Marblehead, I have been fortunate. I have also been blessed with extremely skilled players, some of which who have continued to play in college. Today is a special day for me, but a lot of credit is due to my assistant coaches and players."
"We are proud of Jeff and his leadership on and off the court," shares St. Mary's Head of School Grace Cotter Regan. "Jeff truly embodies our St. Mary’s pillars for success: Catholic, Excellence, Integrity and Respect. Jeff has had quite a year with a State Championship, the birth of his twins, and now his 200th victory. Tonight is sweet, but knowing Jeff, tomorrow will be back to work on the court with his coaches and players."
Before coming to St. Mary's, Newhall was the Head Coach at Marblehead High School for three years where he went 39-28 (.582) and won a North title. In his ten years at St. Mary's, Newhall has gone 161-72 (.691) with a CCL Championship victory, two North Championship wins and two State Championship titles.
"I'm not surprised at how successful Coach Newhall has been," said Kirsten Ferrari '11. "He has always pushed me to the play at the best of my ability, which has made me a better player. He has been a great asset to the St. Mary's program."
Ferrari is just one of nine former St. Mary's players who are currently playing in college. Both former and current players echo Ferrari’s words of support for Coach Newhall.
"Coach Newhall sets a great example every game by bringing the intensity we need to come out and win," said St. Mary’s forward Gianna Moschella '16. "We have been able to find success over the years because we follow his example of passionate play and putting the team above our own accomplishments."
With the win against Bridgewater-Raynham, the Spartans improve to 12-3 in the 2014-15 season and will compete in the State Tournament at the end of the month. While winning 200 games is a huge feat, we all know that Coach Newhall will not be satisfied and, as Headmistress Regan predicted, he will be back at the Tony Conigliaro '62 Gymnasium on Monday, preparing for that next win.