CHICAGO – Head Softball Coach Ruth Kmak announced that Myra Minuskin has been hired as University of Chicago's full-time assistant softball coach.
"We are extremely excited to welcome a coach of Myra's caliber to our staff," Kmak said. "Her professional accomplishments and coaching successes speak for themselves. More importantly, she is a person of character whose genuine nature and passion for the game are palpable when you meet her. We are thrilled to have her knowledge, enthusiasm, and valuable experience in our program. She will be a tremendous resource for our student-athletes and an awesome addition to our coaching staff."
Minuskin arrives in Hyde Park after spending 16 years as the Head Softball Coach at Saint Xavier University in Chicago (2000-16). She also held the title of Assistant Athletic Director. In her tenure leading the Cougars, the softball team won 11 conference titles and made six trips to the NAIA World Series. Saint Xavier finished as the national runner-up in 2016. Minuskin was recognized as the conference coach of the year on seven occasions and as regional coach of the year five times.
Prior to her time at Saint Xavier, Minuskin's experience includes head coaching jobs at Valparaiso University, National-Louis University and Harper College. Her overall career coaching record stands at 778-380.
Her players have also been recognized on the national level, with multiple NAIA Scholar Athlete honors, three NAIA National Pitchers of the Year and one NAIA National Player of the Year.
Minuskin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Maroon family," Minuskin said. "The standard of excellence at UChicago both in the classroom and on the field is incredibly impressive and a perfect fit with my core values. I am so excited to work with Coach Kmak and the amazing student-athletes in the softball program."