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Susan Lilley-Nevar

Her playing and coaching record bears out the fact that the retired Kent State University coach was always familiar with winning. Sue Lilley-Nevar's coaching career resulted in her becoming the all-time most winning softball coach in Kent State history. In 11 seasons between 1986-96, she coached Kent's Golden Flashes to 289 wins, an average of more than 26 victories a season. She had 219 losses and one game ended in a tie. Lilley-Nevar experienced a coaching career high in 1990 when her Flashes won 43 of 52 games, went 20-4 against Mid-American Conference competition, won the Mid-American Conference title, defeated Ohio State in the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Buckeyes' home field, and advanced to the NCAA Softball World Series at Oklahoma City. To top off the season, Lilley-Nevar was named 1990 Midwest Region Coach of the Year. A 1976 graduate of Copley High, Lilley-Neva's outstanding amateur softball play helped her to become the first Ohio female high school athlete to earn a college softball scholarship when she signed with Indiana University. She lettered in both softball and volleyball player for the Hoosiers between 1977-1980, winning the Big 10 softball batting title in 1979 and then led IU to the Big 10 title and the NCAA Softball College World Series finals in 1980. As a result Sue earned ASA All-America honors as a shortstop. She served assistant coaching stints at Texas A&M and Ohio State before accepting the Kent position in 1986. The mother of two children, Lilley-Nevar and her husband, Robert, makes their home in Murfreesboro, TN.

Inducted 2001 | Coach