Sue Nevar enters her second season as the head coach of the Middle Tennessee program after leading a young but talented Blue Raider squad to a fifth-place regular season finish in the Sun Belt Conference. She proved to be both a determined leader and master motivator in her first season at the healm.
"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.
Before coming to the Mid-state, 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 has placed a high priority on academics and has found success in her first year at Middle Tennessee. She had five players pick up NFCA Academic awards and one player, Whitney Darlington, named to the NFCA Region IV All-Academic Second Team. She continues the strong tradtion from her tenure at KSU where she had 24 MAC First Team All-Academic selections, seven Academic All-America recipients and one Academic All-America Player of the Year.
"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.
She was recently honored as one of 16 athletes inducted into the inaugural class of the Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Nevar was a three-sport participant for the Northeast Ohio school from 1973-76.
Nevar and husband, Bob, have spent the last 13 years in the Middle Tennessee area with their three children - Brent (13), Katie (12) and Tyler (7). She worked as a scout for the National Scouting Report for four years in Tennessee before coming to the Blue Raiders, 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. She has been inducted inot the Kent State Hall of fame.
Nevar graduated from Indiana in 1981 with her bachelor of science in Physical Education.