GREENVILLE – Greenville Lady Wave softball coach Jerrod Newland joins his father Greg Newland as the first father-son duo to be named to the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“I am honored for the honor and it’s a great moment for the Greenville softball program,” said Newland. “I’m so excited how far we have come and where we are heading. I just love the fact the community enjoys the girls and always talks about them and their efforts, with the ‘we’ and ‘us’ as words. That makes me proud.”
Jerrod passed his father’s 400 career wins early in the 2018 softball season and currently holds a 423-84 winning record.
“I helped my dad coach softball five years before I came to Greenville,” Newland said. “I came to Greenville on the third of February, 2003 just before the season started and said we would win 20 games – and we did. Lady Wave softball fever caught on.”
Jerrod joins the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 while his father was inducted 10 years earlier in 2008 after a long softball coaching career at Springfield South High School.
“Expectations and lofty goals are the best things,” Newland stated. “We live by the dreaming big philosophy and love to be the small fish in the ocean – not the big fish in the pond.”
Coach Newland teams have produced 15 seasons of 25 or more wins and have won 11 of the past 13 district titles while winning a state championship in 2007 and state runner-up in 2012.
“The state finals games and the first district title in 2006 at Miami really standout,” noted Newland. “The first district win we had the T-shirts ready for the post game and was awesome.”
“Sixteen great years and some crazy accomplishments along the way,” concluded Newland. “Just very humbling and exciting since I still don’t have a hit.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville Lady Wave Hall of Fame Softball Coach Jerrod Newland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)