Montclair State University Magazine
2014 spring University Magazine.
assistant director of athletics, says she has no intention of stopping any time soon. “They say you know when to quit,” Kubicka says. “I’m not ready. I still get too much enjoyment from the game and the dramatic nature of it.” Part of that is the success of her recent teams --- the current Red Hawk softball team started the season ranked No. 2 in the nation --- and the quest for her elusive first Division III national title. Kubicka, who won a title in 1983 as a player for Trenton State, is still chasing her first as a head coach. “I like to win --- sometimes to a fault,” says Kubicka, who is also enshrined in the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame. “But it’s a competitive business. Winning a title at Trenton State was a driving force in me wanting to be a part of the NCAA Tournament, and as a coach, my goal every year is to win a national championship.” It is fitting that she will be inducted with Baron, one of the all-time great pitchers in Montclair State softball history. Baron posted a 56-22 career record with a 2.44 earned run average and 11 shutouts. In 490 innings, she struck out 377 batters --- a school record. Conway was a three-time All-American, including first team honors in 2001 when he became the all-time hit leader in Montclair State history with 290. He led the Red Hawks to three NCAA Division III World Series appearances, including 2000 when the team captured its third national championship. This is the 41st class to be inducted into the Montclair State Athletic Hall of Fame, which will have 206 enshrinees. Also, head women’s basketball coach Karin Harvey and head women’s lacrosse coach Nicol Parcelluzzi will be added to the “Century Club” as coaches who have won 100 or more games in their careers. n Red Hawks earn awards and distinctions Jessica Bonjione was named a first-team Division III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, making history as the first women’s soccer player to earn the distinction in school history. Bonjione, a defender, was part of a team that allowed just four goals in 22 contests. Beth Gottung was named Field Hockey Coach of the Year in the Division III South Atlantic Region for the second consecutive season. Gottung guided the Red Hawks to a 21-2 campaign that ended in the third round of the Division III NCAA field hockey tournament. The Red Hawks also spent a majority of the season ranked No. 1. C.J. Conway, a junior cornerback on the football team, was chosen to the D3Football.com All-America Second Team. Conway started all 10 games and had 59 tackles, which was sixth among NJAC defensive backs this season. He also led the conference in passes defended with 16, the second-highest single-season total in team history. To read recaps of the fall and winter seasons and about our other successful athletes, visit: montclairathletics.com 42 The magazine of Montclair State University