MONTCLAIR, NJ – Entering her 25th coaching season at Montclair State University, Softball coach Anita Kubicka was elected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame of 2015 this month. She will be recognized along with Joe Evans of Texas A&M University and Auburn University's Clint Meyers.
During her tenure at MSU, Kubicka has championed her teams to 796 victories, the most in MSU history. She has led her teams to 14 NCAA Tournaments.
Kubicka's selection marks the third Hall of Fame induction for the Red Hawks head coach, who was also inducted into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Montclair State Athletic Hall of Fame this past October.
Kubicka was also recognized by the New Jersey Sportswriters Association in January of 2009. The following year she was presented with one of the two Honor Awards at the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) National Girls and Women in SPORTDay Celebration.
Kubicka came to Montclair State in 1991 and a year later had the Red Hawks in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship as Montclair made a "Cinderella" run to a third-place showing. Earning the final berth into the 1992 Regional Tournament, Montclair lost its first game, but went on to win the next four including three on the final day to earn a trip to Pella, Iowa. Four years later, MSU returned to the national final and reached the championship game in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Red Hawks came within a run of claiming the national title before falling to Simpson College, 2-1.
For the last four seasons few teams have enjoyed the success that Kubicka's teams have achieved. During that span the Red Hawks captured 82 percent of their games posting a 159-34 record that included three straight 40-WIN campaigns. Montclair State won the NJAC championship in 2013 and reached the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014 becoming the first program to reach the national finals three straight years since baseball had a run of five consecutive World Series appearances in the 1980s. Montclair set the single-season mark for wins twice (44 in 2012 and 46 in 2013) and ranked in the Top 10 of NFCA national poll, including several weeks at No. 1 during the 2013 season.
Among the list of 56 players to be named All-American at MSU, Kubicka had coached 38 of them – 19 First-Team selections, including 1992 NCAA Division III Player of the Year Lois Fyfe. Kubicka's teams have also excelled in the classroom raking among the top academic athletic teams at Montclair State and place several players each year on the NJAC's All-Academic Team. In 2008, Jackie Ferranti became the first female and the fifth student-athlete in school history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team with pitcher ALEX HILL earning three straight honors from 2012-14 including the first MSU female to selected to the First Team in 2013.
Kubicka, a 1984 graduate of Trenton State, is well acquainted with winning traditions. During her career, she played on the Lions' 1983 National Championship squad, the first for the school after having finished runner-up in both its 1982 and 1984 NCAA Division III Softball Championship campaigns. Following her graduation from Trenton State, the first team All-American earned her Master's in Science in SPORTS MANAGEMENT from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, while serving as an assistant softball coach. During those four years, UMass earned two Atlantic 10 Championships and in 1986 garnered a bid to the NCAA Tournament.