Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced the hiring of Sue Nevar as the program's fourth head softball coach on August 23, 2007, giving the Blue Raiders an experienced leader and proven winner.
"Our philosophy at Middle Tennessee is to recruit the best possible student-athletes, with the emphasis on 'student' as much as 'athlete'," Nevar said. "You cannot be a Top 10 program without success in both areas, and that's where we want to be.
Nevar was a highly successful head coach at Kent State from 1986-96, leading the Golden Flashes to the College World Series in 1990 and posting a 43-9 mark that season. She compiled a 289-219-1 mark in her 11 seasons as head coach.
Nevar was voted Coach of the Year in the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA Midwest Region in 1990 after leading the Flashes to their first-ever MAC and NCAA regional titles and finishing seventh at the College World Series.
She coached 12 All-MAC First Team selections, two conference Players of the Year and six All-Midwest Region First Team honorees as well as one Canadian Olympic player.
Nevar also placed a high priority on academics at KSU. The program had 24 MAC First Team All-Academic selections, seven Academic All-America recipients and one Academic All-America Player of the Year. She was inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame in 2004.
"Our first priority is to bring productive student-athletes from the Midstate into our program and there are very capable recruits in the area to make that happen," Nevar said. "We will recruit at the highest level and against all of the other programs in the area, including Tennessee and the rest of the SEC.
"I honestly believe there are many high-level athletes in the Midstate who could play at Middle Tennessee and be very productive. There is no reason that a top-notch athlete from this area needs to look any further than Middle Tennessee for a quality education as well as a great softball program. I am confident we can elevate Middle Tennessee softball to the next level using our selling points of excellent staff, great facilities and the community energy and excitement," Nevar said.
Before becoming the head coach at Kent State, Nevar was an assistant at Texas A&M (1982-84) and Ohio State (1985). While in College Station, the Aggies won the AIAW national championship in 1982, an NCAA title in 1983 and finished second at the College World Series in 1984.
Nevar and husband, Bob, have spent the last 12 years in the middle Tennessee area with their three children - Brent (12), Katie (10) and Tyler (6). She has worked as a scout for the National Scouting Report the last four years in Tennessee, and also stayed involved with the game by giving private hitting and pitching lessons.
The Fairlawn, Ohio, native played collegiately at Indiana, earning four varsity letters each in softball and volleyball from 1977-80. She won the Big 10 batting title as a junior and helped lead IU to the AIAW College World Series as a senior, earning All-America honors from the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) that year. Indiana was the runner-up at the 1980 AIAW College World Series.
Nevar graduated from Indiana in 1981 with her bachelor's in Physical Education.
"Sue's accomplishments are incredible. She has competed at the highest level nationally and her credentials are what really jumped out at me," Massaro said. "She has stayed current with the game with her work at the recruiting service and she has a tremendous fire and passion for the game of softball. I'm very excited to watch her work."