Eric Newell is entering his seventh season as the Head Coach for the Lady Eagles softball team. He has enjoyed an unprecedented amount of success in his time at Williams Baptist College. His overall record is 186-90. That is the most wins and highest win percentage for a softball coach in school history.
Newell brought WBC to its first ever NAIA National Championship in 2012 when his squad went 51-10, and reached as high as 13 in the NAIA National Polls. His team won the school's first American Midwest Conference tournament championship.
In his six years as Head Coach, the team has been AMC outright champions once and has shared the AMC championship twice. He has been voted AMC Coach of the Year three straight years (2010-2012).
Newell has coached 2 NAIA All-Americans, 6 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 1 AMC Player of the Year, 2 AMC Pitcher of the years, 2 AMC Freshman of the Years, 31 AMC All-Conference players, and 70 Academic All-Conference players.
Newell has a Bachelors of Science in Education from Williams Baptist College and a Master's of Science from William Woods University. He also is the Head Coach for the Lady Eagles volleyball team.
Newell married April Newell on August 3, 2002. The couple has five daughters: Gabriella 8, Juliana 7, Adalynn 4, Jillian 3, and Jacqueline 4 months old.
|01||Brianna Hindman||SO||OF||L/R||5-2||Irving, Texas||Irving High School|
|02||Susannah Pugh||FR||OF||L/R||5-6||Hernando, Miss.||Lake Cormorant High School|
|03||Shelby Upshaw||SO||Util||R/R||5-6||Mountain Home, Ark.||Mountain Home High School|
|04||Brittany Merritt||FR||SS||R/R||5-4||Greenbrier, Ark.||Greenbrier High School|
|05||Kacey Rasnic||SR||INF||R/R||5-9||Sesser, Ill||Shawnee State Community College|
|06||Kirsten Gipson||JR||Util||R/R||5-7||Springville, Ala.||Wallace State Community College|
|07||Karisa Hendrix||SR||P||R/R||5-11||Cherokee Village, Ark.||Highland High School|
|08||Felicia Woodard||SR||OF||L/R||5-6||Corning, Ark.||Corning High School|
|09||Callie Brooks||FR||OF||R/R||5-5||Monette, Ark.||Buffalo Island Central High School|
|10||Callie Simmons||SO||P/1B||R/R||5-7||North Little Rock, Ark.||North Little Rock High School West|
|11||Lauren Sweeten||SO||2B/OF||R/R||5-5||Sheridan, Ark.||Sheridan High School|
|12||Mallory Siebert||JR||OF||L/L||5-3||Scott City, Mo.||Three Rivers Community College|
|13||Shelby Anderson||SO||P/3B||R/R||6-0||Mountain Home, Ark.||Mountain Home High School|
|16||Kayla Jones||FR||C/3B||R/R||5-10||Kennedale, Texas||Kennedale High School|
|18||Whitney Woodard||FR||OF||L/L||5-9||Corning, Ark.||Corning High School|
|19||Teighlor Williams||JR||OF||L/L||5-6||Farmington, Ark.||Three Rivers Community College|
|22||Emma French||FR||P/SS||R/R||5-10||Bakersfield, Mo.||Bakersfield High School|
|23||Hayley Overbay||FR||C||L/R||5-4||Jonesboro, Ark.||Jonesboro High School|
|24||Morgan LaChance||FR||2B||R/R||5-5||Park Hills, Mo.||West County High School|
|25||Kassidy Armstrong||FR||P||R/R||5-5||Dickinson, Texas||Dickinson High School|
|27||Hallie Horton||JR||1B||R/R||5-6||Dewitt, Ark.||Dewitt High School|
|31||Rickela Williams||FR||3B||R/R||5-5||Garland, Ark.||Arkansas High School (Texarkana)|
|32||Katie Nelson||FR||2B||R/R||5-4||Jonesboro, Ark.||Westside High School|
|33||Tori Henson||SR||1B||R/R||5-5||Bismarck, Mo.||Mineral Area Community College|