Newberry College

Newberry College Athletics
2100 College Street Newberry, SC 29108
Division 2 South Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Ciria Triplett

Ciria Triplett was hired as interim head softball coach at Newberry College in May 2012.

Triplett comes to Newberry after five years as an assistant coach at USC Upstate. She primarily coached the pitching staff, which turned in record-breaking performances in her time in Spartanburg. Pitcher Morgan Childers was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and was Upstate's first-ever four-time all-Atlantic Sun selection.

She is the wife of Newberry College head baseball coach Russell Triplett. The couple will form one of the only husband and wife baseball and softball coaching combinations in college athletics.

Prior to Upstate, Triplett was an assistant coach at Lander University in 2005-06. Primarily the pitching coach at Lander, she also assisted with the outfielders and hitters and helped implement the strength and conditioning program for the Bearcats.

Before her time at Lander, Triplett was the assistant coach at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Wash., from 2004-05. She was the pitching coach and worked with the outfielders and hitters. In the spring of 2004, she served as the pitching coach at Selah High School in Selah, Wash. In addition to her coaching duties, she has been an instructor at summer youth softball camps since 2000.

She was a four-year letterwinner on the softball team at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. After beginning her career as a starting pitcher, a series of injuries relegated her to relief appearances. She holds the school's all-times saves and games finished records, is eighth in appearances, and 14th in wins. She owns the school's single-season record for saves with five in 2001 and ranks fourth on the single-season list with 25 appearances in 2001.

In addition to her career on the field, she was a standout student, graduating from Central Washington with a 3.6 GPA and a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a member of the school's Dean's List and earned Academic All-District honors. She earned a master's degree in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University in 2008.

A native of Othello, Wash., Triplett was a standout pitcher and outfielder at Othello High School. A four-year letterwinner, she was an All-State, All-Area, and All-League selection. She earned several team awards, including Most Valuable Player and the Coach's Award as well as serving as Team Captain. She was a solid student as well, earning membership into the National Honor Society and being selected Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Ciria and Russell were married in July 2010 and live in Newberry with their infant son, Cal.

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Mitch Smith

Mitch Smith enters his first year as the Newberry softball assistant coach in 2013-14.

Smith comes to Newberry after serving as the head softball coach at Aiken Technical College from 2010-2013 following stints as the head coach at USC Salkehatchie and as an assistant at Louisburg College and USC Aiken.

At Aiken Tech, Smith led his squad to the 2012 Region X Conference Tournament championship in the teams’ first year of postseason eligibility. The 2012 Aiken Tech squad also made an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. In his time at Aiken Tech, Smith coached 12 all-region players, including the 2013 pitcher and player of the year.

Prior to joining Aiken Tech, Smith built the women’s softball program from the ground up at USC Salkehatchie. At USC Salkehatchie, Smith coached seven all-region selections. Smith served as the assistant coach at Louisburg College for a season before moving on to USC Salkehatchie.

As a student at USC Aiken, Smith volunteered as a student assistant coach. A 2004 graduate of USC Aiken, Smith earned his degree in Communications.

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