Sue Nevar enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Middle Tennessee program.
Prior to coming to the Murfreesboro, Nevar was a highly-successful head coach at Kent State from 1986-96, leading the Golden Flashes to the Women’s College World Series in 1990 while posting a 43-9 record.
Nevar was voted coach of the year in both the MAC and the NCAA Midwest Region in 1990 after leading the Flashes to their first-ever MAC and NCAA regional titles and finishing seventh in the country.
While in Kent, she coached 12 First Team All-MAC selections, two conference players of the year and six All-Midwest Region First Team honorees as well as one Canadian Olympic player. Nevar placed a high priority on academics from the day she stepped foot on campus at Middle Tennessee and she has quickly built a program that is extremely successful in the classroom. The Blue Raiders have won the Sun Belt Academic Team Award three of the past four years. She has continued her academic success 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.
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 Women’s College World Series in 1984.
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 a runner-up finish at the AIAW College World Series as a senior while earning All-America honors from the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). Nevar graduated from Indiana in 1981 with her B.S. in physical education.
In recognition of her outstanding coaching tenure with the Golden Flashes, Nevar was inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame. She was also a member of the inaugural class of the Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame in honor of her three-sport career from 1973-76.
Nevar and husband, Bob, have spent the last 15 years in the Middle Tennessee area with their three children - Brent (16), Katie (14) and Tyler (10). She worked as a scout for the National Scouting Report for four years in Tennessee before taking over the helm of the Blue Raiders, and also stayed involved with the game by giving private hitting and pitching lessons.