Johns Hopkins, Trinity (Texas) coaches grab milestone wins
Two coaches who rank among the most successful in their sports in Division III history posted milestone victories recently.
Johns Hopkins baseball coach Bob Babb recorded his 800th victory Saturday in his 29th season as the Blue Jays’ mentor and Trinity (Texas) tennis coach Butch Newman collected his 300th win in men’s match play last week in his 21st season at the school.
Babb’s team swept Swarthmore to make him the 12th Division III baseball coach to win 800 games. He ranks eighth among active coaches in the division in victories.
He has collected at least 30 wins annually in six of the last seven seasons, including a 40-win season against four losses for the division’s best record in 2004. The Blue Jays have won multiple conference titles in three different leagues (Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast League, University Athletic Association and Centennial Conference) while appearing 13 times in the Division III Baseball Championship.
Trinity’s Newman, who added duties as the school’s women’s coach 16 years ago, collected his 300th win in men’s tennis March 26 in San Antonio against Birmingham-Southern.
Newman made history in 2000 by coaching both the men’s and women’s squads to Division III team titles. He has led both teams to at least the Division III quarterfinals in six of the last seven years, and the women’s team has reached the semifinals in seven of the last 14 seasons.
His 53-2 record as a singles player at Trinity, where he was a two-time all-American in the early 1960s, remains the best in school history.
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