Minuskin is in her 16th year as head coach of the Saint Xavier University softball team. Every coach believes in winning and success, but Minuskin lets her numbers do the talking. Her 14-year record at SXU is an amazing 577-235-3 (.710). In the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), she has amassed a remarkable 229-37-2 record (.858) with 10 conference titles. In 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2015, she was named CCAC Coach of the Year and the NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2004. She understands what it takes to win and make her teams successful.
Every season, Minuskin puts her team on the map, not just in the CCAC and region, but at the national level as well. Last season, the Cougars went unbeaten in conference play (21-0-1), advanced to the championship game of the Oregon Tech bracket of the 2015 NAIA Opening Round and boasted NAIA National Pitcher of the Year in Nicole Nonnemacher for the second straight year. In 2014, SXU was just one win shy from a second straight appearance at the NAIA Softball World Series (10 teams). In 2013, the Cougars had argubly their best season in program history winning the conference regular season and tournament titles en route to winning the Portland (Ore.) bracket of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. SXU advanced to the NAIA Softball National Championship in Columbus, Ga., and won one of its three games to finish ranked No. 7 in the final Top 25 Poll. The Cougars also led the entire NAIA with a fielding percentage of .981.
Minuskin has coached numerous NAIA All-Americans and NAIA Academic All-Americans. In 2006, she had the unique distinction of coaching the NAIA Softball Player of the Year in Colleen Kilduff. It was also the first national player of the year earned by any Saint Xavier student-athlete in any sport. Kilduff was inducted into the SXU Athletics Hall of Fame in May 2009.
Prior to taking the helm at Saint Xavier, Minuskin had coaching stints at Valparaiso University, National Louis University and Harper College. Her overall career record is 732-370-3. In addition to coaching softball, Minuskin is also an assistant athletics director for Cougar Athletics. She oversees the nine varsity women’s teams at Saint Xavier. The graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds both a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. The Oak Forest resident also played on the club softball team at Illinois in addition to later coaching it.