Head Coach - Softball
John Newman became the FTCC softball head coach in July 2021.
Newman has nearly 20 years of collegiate softball coaching experience, most recently as the head coach for Mississippi University for Women, a NCAA Division III that Newman led to a third-place finish in the 2019 Small Colleges World Series.
Newman has served two stints on staff at Methodist University, during the 2002-03 season and again for four years starting in 2011.
During Newman’s first season with the Monarchs in 2003, the team established a new program record for wins in a season with 38 and finished as the runner-up in NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional. That team also finished 13th in the final NCAA Division III poll and featured six All-DIAC selections, six NCAA Division III All-Region selections and one NCAA Division III All-American.
In between his two stints at Methodist, Newman was an assistant at University of the Ozarks from 2006-09. From 2009-10, he served as the director of Tiger Softball Camps Operations for the University of Missouri and worked as an assistant coach with St. Louis Community College-Meramec in 2009-10, helping the program finish second in region that season.
Newman returned to Methodist for four years beginning in 2011. He followed that with two seasons on staff at South Dakota State before becoming head coach at Mississippi University for Women.
Newman is a 54-year-old native of Edgar Springs, Mo. He has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Columbia College and spent his off-field career in civil service.
Newman’s wife, Tammy, is a retired U.S. Army captain. The couple have three children and three grandchildren.
Nichole Higgins became the FTCC softball assistant coach in September 2023.