Myra Minuskin
Myra Minuskin Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 15th Season
Alma Mater: University of Illinois

Minuskin is in her 15th 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 531-228-1 (.700).  In the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), she has amassed a remarkable 208-37-1 record (.849) with nine conference titles.  In 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013, 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, SXU was one win away from its second straight appearance at the NAIA Softball World Series (10 teams) and boasted the NAIA National Pitcher of the Year Nicole Nonnemacher.  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 686-363-1.  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.

Roster for 2015 Softball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.HometownPrevious School
1Megan JamesSRCL/R5-4Oak Forest, Ill.Marist
2Holly HildenSRC/1BR/R5-5Belvidere, Ill.Belvidere North
3Savannah KinsellaSO2B/SSR/R5-7Munster, Ind.Andrean
5Nicole NonnemacherJRPL/R5-7Bloomington, Ill.Normal Community
6Alex BahnerSRCR/R5-8Rochester Hills, Mich.Adams
7Kasey KanagaJROF/2BL/R5-3Metamora, Ill.Metamora
8Katie SearsSROFL/L5-4Chicago, Ill.Evansville/Mother McAuley
9Erin HoulihanSROFR/R5-4Tinley Park, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
10Rebeka FergusonJRSSL/R5-9Chatham, Ill.IPFW/Heartland CC/Glenwood
11Shannon LauretSROFR/R5-6Beach Park, Ill.Zion-Benton
12Callie BrownSOP/OFR/R5-6West Des Moines, IowaValley
13Caroline KuzelFRP/OFL/R5-9Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
16Samantha SaundersSR2BR/R5-4Burbank, Ill.Reavis
19Denise AndersonJROFL/R5-5Arvada, Colo.Ralston Valley
21Jessica ArebaloJRCR/R5-4Palos Heights, Ill.Kankakee CC/Stagg
23Amanda HainlenSR1BR/R6-0Bloomington, Ill.Heartland CC/Bloomington
26Sarah SaundersSR3BR/R5-4Burbank, Ill.Reavis
31Franchesca GraffeoSO3BR/R5-3Crestwood, Ill.Shepard
Myra Minuskin Image
Head Coach
15th season
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Assistant Coach
3rd season