Oct. 2, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall baseball coach Jeff Waggoner has announced the addition of Josh Newman to the Thundering Herd coaching staff. Newman has been named the Herd baseball pitching coach.
"We are very fortunate to have Coach Newman and his family as part of our program," coach Waggoner said. "It is great to have someone with his knowledge and background as he has played at a high level. Having someone like him on our staff will have an immediate impact on the development of our guys. Even more impactful than his knowledge and experience is his interest in player development."
Most recently a volunteer assistant at Ohio State, Newman spent three seasons on the Buckeye coaching staff after being hired in July 2010.
The Ohio State pitching staff, under the guidance of Newman and pitching coach Mike Stafford, improved dramatically over the last three seasons. After the staff posted a 4.94 ERA in 2011, the Buckeyes improved to a 3.24 ERA in the 2013 campaign. In 2013, Ohio State ranked in the Top 40 nationally in every pitching category including walks per nine innings (8th, 2.45), strikeout-to-walk ratio (15th, 2.75), WHIP (17th, 1.19), hits per nine innings (33rd, 8.29) and ERA (38th, 3.24).
Ohio State had three pitchers earn All-Big Ten honors in 2013. Newman has also helped Buckeyes into the next level as right-hander John Kuchno was a 2012 18th-round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates before Brad Goldberg was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 10th round this season and Brett McKinney's 19th round selection by the Pirates.
A native of Wheelersburg, Ohio and a 2004 Ohio State graduate, Newman ranks third all-time at Ohio State in career wins (32), innings pitched (369.0) and strikeouts (291). He was a freshman All-American in 2001 and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including a first-team selection in 2004.
In his career, Newman helped the Buckeyes to a 161-84-1 record, a Big Ten regular season championship (2001) and two Big Ten Tournament championships (2002 and 2003). Ohio State went to three NCAA Regional tournaments and hosted an NCAA Super Regional (2003) in his four years in Columbus.
Newman was drafted in the 19th round of the 2004 MLB Draft and signed a professional contract with the Colorado Rockies. He had previously been drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 but he elected to stay at Ohio State for his senior season.
The Wheelersburg High School graduate spent three seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut against Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 2007, and making the Colorado Rockies World Series roster that season. He jumped between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Rockies in 2008 before being claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals in July. Newman pitched in 14 games over his two seasons between Colorado and Kansas City, making his last appearance in September 2008.
He and his wife Sarah currently reside in Wheelersburg, Ohio with their two children - Ayda (5) and Kash (3).
What they're saying about Newman:
"Josh Newman is a great addition to the Herd coaching staff. He is caring and brings knowledge and passion to Marshall baseball. Josh is a prime example of what an individual can accomplish if they put in the work. He continues to study and learn about the game he loves. It is never about him, and it is always about the players. Josh has the ability to make every player on the Herd roster feel important."
Chicago White Sox
"Josh Newman is one of my favorites. I'm excited for him but especially excited for the players at Marshall. He will help make them better on and off the field."
Area Scouting Supervisor
"Coach Newman will make everyone better in this program. His energy and passion is contagious. He will demand the very best on and off the field every day from his players. Bright future ahead in Herd country."
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