Ciria Triplett
Head Coach
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Ciria Triplett

Ciria Triplett completed her fifth season as head softball coach at Newberry College after being named head coach in June 2012. 

The 2017 season saw Newberry earn the most conference victories in program history after finishing 33-16 overall and 14-6 in the South Atlnatic Conference. The Wolves made the SAC Championship for the third consecutive season, which included a walk-off victory in extra innings against Wingate. Newberrry finished third in the regular season standings and saw a program record-three players named first team all-SAC and five players honored overall. Natalie Willis and Haley Simonds were named first-team all region by the NFCA. 

The 2016 campaign saw the Wolves qualify for the South Atlantic Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season after a five year absence from the postseason. Newberry went 28-22 overall behind Maude McCourry's second team all-region performance as a utility player. McCourry and Christina Linton each earned all-South Atlantic Conference honors.

The 2015 season was one of the top seasons in the past few years, as the Wolves went 31-22 and qualified for the South Atlantic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010 as the fifth seed. The Wolves won their first two games of the tournament to advance to the winner's bracket semifinals before their elimination.

Gabrielle Bedard earned first team all-SAC honors and Ashlen Ayres, Maude McCourry and AnnDee Priest earned honorable mention all-SAC honors. McCourry earned all-Southeast Region honors from the NFCA and the D2CCA, while Bedard was also named all-region by the D2CCA. Hailey Drawe and Cassie Harrell earned all-SAC Tournament honors.

In her tenure at Newberry, Triplett has continually improved, as the Wolves went 16-24 in her first season. In her second season, Triplett coached the Wolves to a 21-27 overall mark.

In Triplett's first game as head coach, Kaylyn Camacho opened the new Smith Road Complex Stadium with a no-hitter win over Lees-McRae. The Wolves ar 25-19 at their new home under Triplett's tutelage.

Triplett came 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 is 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 sons - Cal, Cruz, and Cane.