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Nevar named to high school hall of fame

Member of inaugural 2008 class

December 16, 2008 · David Powell
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee softball coach Sue Nevar was 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.

"To be honored by your high school in its inaugural induction class is simply unbelievable," Nevar said. "To think that my accomplishments some 30 years later are still recognized really makes me feel honored. There have been some outstanding athletes from Northeast Ohio in the past 80 years and Copley High School has had a very strong presence."

Nevar accumulated nine letters, three each in volleyball, basketball and softball in her three years at Copley. She earned most-valuable player honors twice in basketball and led the team to a three-year winning percentage of .769.

"The reaction in the Copley area was fantastic, Nevar said. "The support was tremendous and a true reflection of the importance of athletics at Copley High School. I am humbled and honored to be an inductee in the Hall of Fame."

Nevar went on to become a four-year letterwinner in softball and volleyball at the University of Indiana. There, she led the softball team to the final round of the College World Series in her final season of collegiate ball. Her successful playing career translated immediately into success as a coach as she won two national championships as an assistant at Texas A&M before moving on to become the head coach at Kent State University in 1986.

In 1990, Nevar became just the second person in the history of collegiate softball to both play and serve as a head coach in the College World Series. That same year she was honored as the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. She compiled a superb 289 wins during her tenure at KSU.

Nevar is no stranger to hall of fames after being inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Summit County Hall of Fame in 2001.

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