Nicole Newman is in her second season as graduate manager for the University of Minnesota softball program after an illustrious career with the Drake University Bulldogs. 

The Madison, Wis. native ended her Drake career as the most decorated and successful pitcher in Drake history. She was a 2 time All-American and the first ever First Team All-American in team history. She was just the second MVC player to be selected the MVC Pitcher of the Year three times along with being tabbed to the All-MVC First Team four times.

Newman is the Drake and the MVC all-time career strikeouts leader with 1,223 (34th all-time D1) and is also Drake's all-time wins leader with 93, a total that ranks second all-time in the MVC.

During Newman’s final season she led the entire NCAA in strikeouts (423), strikeouts per seven innings (13.4), strikeouts-to-walk ratio (9.40) and hits allowed per seven innings (2.68). She set a NCAA single season record with five perfect games. Following her college career, Newman was drafted 13th overall in the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch) draft by the Aussie Peppers out of Mankato. Next summer Newman will continue her professional career with the Chicago Bandits.