Muskingum University legendary coach Donna Newberry will be inducted posthumously into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame for her achievements in basketball. She will be honored at the 14th Annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.
Newberry coached the Muskingum women's basketball team for 26 seasons, starting in 1974-75 and ending in 1999-2000. Her teams won 403 games and lost 219, a .647 winning percentage. At the end of her career, she was the fifth winningest among active Division III coaches.
Eight of her Muskingum teams won 20 or more games, and she took six of them to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 1991, when Muskies advanced to the championship game against St. Thomas of Minnesota, she was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She was named Ohio Coach of the Year in 1984.
Newberry was the first female president of the Ohio Athletic Conference. She served an eight-year term on the National Basketball Committee and was the chairperson of the Atlantic region. She also assisted with the coaching of the 1988 Olympic basketball team in Raleigh, N.C., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Donna Newberry died in 2010.
"We are working with universities, communities, and fans to tell the amazing stories of Ohio's greatest players, coaches, officials, and contributors," said Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Executive Director Sheila Fox. "The rich basketball history in our state is unique and worth preserving."
For more information or to order tickets to the Induction Ceremony, visit www.ohiobasketballhalloffame.com.
The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of both male and female basketball players in high school, college and professional basketball; successful coaches on all levels; and those who have impacted the game along the way. The induction ceremony is a celebration of basketball, its history, and those who have contributed to the game in Ohio.