Head Coach Kari Winters
Kari Winters enters her 10th season as head coach for the Muskingum University softball program.
In 2018, Winters coached the Muskie team to the OAC Tournament with five of the players earning All-OAC accolades. The team finished the season with 26 wins and 12 losses.
In 2016, Winters led the Muskie team to an OAC Tournament finals where they finished second. The team finished off the season with 22 wins.
Winters and her staff were honored in 2014 with the Ohio Athletic Conference Donna Newberry Coaching Staff of the Year Award after leading the Muskies to the OAC Tournament Championship and the NCAA Angola Regional Championship game. During her tenure, numerous Muskingum student-athletes have been recognized on the field and in the classroom with all-conference and all-regional accolades.
Winters, who previously served as assistant coach for the Muskies under the guidance of the late legendary coach Donna Newberry, was an integral part of Muskingum’s success on the diamond. In 2009, she helped lead the Muskies into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 and into the Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournament. In 2010, Winters once again aided in leading the Muskies to the OAC Tournament, which included Muskingum beating the fourth-ranked team in the nation.
Winters, who was a standout catcher during her collegiate tenure at Muskingum, powered the Muskies to an average of 40 wins per season and a .875 winning percentage in OAC play. She ended her stellar career as a two-time NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American, two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year and four-time first team all-league honoree. She helped lead the nationally-ranked Muskies to four OAC Championships, three NCAA Regional Championships and three appearances in the NCAA Division III World Series. Winters set the school record for hits in a season with 82 in 2006 and concluded her Muskingum tenure with a career .427 batting average. She received Academic All-OAC and ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV accolades.
Winters graduated from Muskingum in 2008 with a B.A. in health/physical education. She completed her M.A.E. in adult education from Muskingum in 2010. Winters married Dom Winters in 2013 and the couple resides in New Concord with their son, Reid and new born daughter, Kallie.
Assistant Coach Courtney Moyer
Courtney Moyer enters her second season as assistant coach for the Muskingum University softball program.
Moyer, a former Muskie standout on the softball field, arrives in New Concord after serving the past two years as assistant coach at Bethany College in West Virgina. At Bethany, Moyer helped guide the Bison to 38 wins over her two-year period and to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Softball Tournament. Her tutelage during the 2017 campaign helped the Bison rank second in the PAC in ERA and third in fielding percentage. She assisted with all day-to-day operations of the program and planned and implemented daily offensive and defensive practice sessions and workouts.
Prior to Bethany, Moyer served one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She helped lead Denison to a 22-win season and an appearance in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Game. The Big Red ranked third in the NCAC in team batting average (.314), and belted 84 extra-base hits, including 64 doubles.
Moyer, who was a four-year letterwinner for the Fighting Muskies, was a member of the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship team that advanced to the NCAA Regional Final. She ended her tenure as a two-time First Team Academic All-OAC honoree and with a .313 batting average, 65 RBIs, 20 doubles and 12 home runs.
Moyer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muskingum in 2014 with a B.A in business. She earned her M.A.T. from Bethany in 2017.
Assistant Coach Steve Cowgill
Steve Cowgill enters his sixth season as assistant coach for the Muskingum University softball program.
Cowgill arrived at Muskingum after previously serving as assistant softball coach at John Glenn High School from 1997-2012. During that span, Cowgill helped guide John Glenn to over 360 wins, 10 Regional appearances and two State appearances. From 2004-12 he also was a a member of the State Softball Coaches Association Executive Board of Ohio, which is responsible for State Clinics and the Underclass Tournament.
Additionally, Cowgill served as Vice President (2004-09) of the East District High School Softball Coaches Association of Ohio and President (2009-12) of the East District. From 1993-1997 he was associated with the Road Runner Softball program.
Assistant Coach Hannah Murphy
Hannah Murphy is entering her first year as the assistant coach for the Muskingum University softball program.
Prior to coming to Muskingum, Murphy was a four-year letterwinner for the Morehead State softball team. While at Morehead, Murphy registered 169 career starts and helped anchor the middle infield. She ended her career with 60 runs scored, 53 RBIs, 22 multi-hit games, and 10 home runs.
During her high school career at Pickerington North she received numerous accolades including First-Team All-OCC, First-Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-Metro, and Honorable Mention All-State
Murphy graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in health promotion.