Kim Newbern

Kim Newbern

Player Profile

Head Coach

Fourth Year

Kim Newbern begins her fourth season at the helm of the New Mexico softball program. Newbern is only the second coach in the history of UNM softball.

Newbern joined the Lobos from Washburn University in Kansas. She arrived in Albuquerque with a proven winning record. In her third season Newbern led Washburn to its first ever NCAA Regional appearance. In six seasons as the Lady Blues' head coach, Newbern compiled a 209- 111 record. Newbern has recorded the second highest winning percentage in Washburn softball coaching history with a .617 winning clip.

Prior to Washburn, Newbern served as the assistant softball coach at the University of Kansas in 1996. Newbern, a 1994 graduate of Kansas, was the assistant coach at Oklahoma State University before her appointment with the Jayhawks.

While serving as the restricted earnings coach at Oklahoma State, Newbern helped the Cowgirls to a 36-16 record, a Big Eight Conference title with a 13-3 mark and a NCAA Regional berth.

Newbern played softball at Kansas and at Hutchinson Community College. While at HCC, she was named NJCAA All-America and was a two-time National Softball Coaches Association All-America selection. At KU, Newbern was a two-year starter at third base for the Jayhawks and helped Kansas to a 68-35-1 record. She was second on the team in hitting as a senior and was in the top 10 in the Big Eight for the 37-20 Jayhawks. Newbern was an academic all-Big Eight selection in 1994 and a 1993 Phillips 66 Classroom Champion. Newbern has used her dedication in the classroom to motivate her student-athletes as well. The 2001 Lady Blues finished the academic year with an overall GPA of 3.25, which was the best team cumulative GPA in the athletic department.

The Wichita, Kan. native is an active member of the National Softball Coaches Association and a member of the association's awards committee.