Sheryl Neff is in her 19th season as fastpitch softball coach at Barton. She has 27 years of college head-coaching experience.
Coach Neff has won over 300 games at Barton, passing the milestone mark in 2013, and is closing on 500 career wins.
Since taking over at Barton, Neff has coached five All-Region players, three Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Freshmen of the Year and a numerous All-Conference players. In 2011, Neff coached the programs first ever All-American in Jessica McFadden.
Neff attended college at Abilene Christian and Ohio Northern University, graduating from Abilene Christian in 1980. While at Ohio Northern, Neff, who played catcher, helped the team to the Ohio State (university and college) Championship. She was also a basketball player and track-and-field athlete at Abilene Christian and was a Dean's List student.
Neff attended graduate school at the University of Dayton, where she earned a Master's in Physical Education. She began her fastpitch coaching career at the University of Findlay in Ohio, where she directed a dominant Oilers program to eight conference championships, one NAIA District 22 Championship (1987) and three runner-up district finishes. She coached two All-Americans and three Conference/District Players of the Year.
Neff looks for solid students first who also have great athletic ability. She also has an affinity for signing student-athletes who play and work hard every day. Character counts in her book....doing the right things when other people aren't looking is very important. She wants players who are proud to wear the Barton College uniform. Winning championships is important, but not as important as the maturation of each individual student-athlete during her college journey.
Coach Jones has been involved with the Bulldogs on and off since
her playing days at Barton College. She served as an assistant at
Louisburg College, and most recently as the Head Coach at Greene
Central High School. She was named Coach of The Year in 2008. Kim
has served as the pitching coach for the team for the last several
Kim is married to Glenn Jones and they have a four year old son named Brayden.