Auburn University at Montgomery

Auburn Montgomery Athletics
P.O. Box 244023 or 7031 Senator Dr Montgomery, AL 36124
Division 2 Alabama Southeast
Public Small Competitive team

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Eric Newell

Following a stellar eight-year career at William Baptist College, Eric Newell was hired as the second head softball coach in the program’s history on Dec. 16, 2014.


During his tenure with the Lady Eagles, Newell posted a 254-121 record, setting the school record for wins and winning percentage. He led the squad to a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a fourth-place finish in 2013. His teams have spent 26 weeks ranked in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, climbing as high as No. 4 in the rankings. The Lady Eagles were ranked inside the top 10 for 10 editions. Prior to his arrival at WBC, the softball program experienced nine consecutive losing seasons.


Newell has guided the program to four consecutive American Midwest Conference championships from 2010-13 and been selected the conference coach of the year four times. He has coached five NAIA All-Americans, eight NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 37 all-conference selections and 102 academic all-conference performers. He finished .500 or better in seven seasons, winning 30 or more games five times.


In 2013, the Lady Eagles finished 46-9 and advanced to Bracket Play at the NAIA National Tournament. During the season, Williams Baptist won 19 consecutive games and finished 16-2 in the AMC. After dropping an extra-inning contest to Rogers State in Pool Play, the Lady Eagles rallied and defeated the Hillcats in an elimination, and if-necessary, game to qualify for the bracket round of the tournament. Once in the final round, the Lady Eagles defeated former Southern States Athletic Conference power Lee University and perennial power Reinhardt.


The season prior, Williams Baptist finished with a school-record 51 victories, at one point winning 16 straight games. In addition to finishing the AMC regular-season with a 15-1 record, the Lady Eagles also won the conference tournament.


Prior to his arrival at WBC, Newell spent five years coaching at Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown, Mo., where he started the softball program.


Newell earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Williams Baptist, while earning his master’s from William Woods University. He and his wife, April, have five daughters: Gabriella, Juliana, Adalynn, Jillian and Jacqueline.

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Scottie Wilkes

Scottie Wilkes - Assistant Coach - 3rd Season

Scottie Wilkes will begin her third season on the AUM coaching staff and her second year as an assistant coach in 2015. Last season, Wilkes helped the Warhawks to the NAIA World Series National Championship and was a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Coaching Staff of the Year.


She spent two seasons with the Faulkner softball program after two years at Jeff State CC in Birmingham. In her senior season with the Lady Eagles, Wilkes started all 43 games, hitting .298 with a .413 on-base percentage, eight doubles and two home runs. Her 29 RBIs were second-best on the team. Academically, Wilkes was Faulkner’s 2011 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.


She earned first team all-conference and NAIA honorable mention recognition in 2010 after finishing with a .344 batting average, 13 doubles, three home runs and 39 RBIs. Her .494 on-base percentage was best among Faulkner starters. In her two seasons at Jeff State, she hit a combined .320 with 23 doubles, five home runs and 51 RBIs.


Wilkes also played volleyball while at Faulkner. She is working towards her master’s degree in physical education at AUM.

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