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Gloucester County Named 2012 NJCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year

Gloucester County Head Coach Stephen DePaquale. Courtesy of GCC Athletics.STARKVILLE, Miss. – The coaches of 2012 National Champion Gloucester County have been named as this year’s NJCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Friday.

Head coach Steve DePasquale and assistant Mark Enders led the Roadrunners to a 49-5 record in 2012 and the program’s second consecutive national title.

The Roadrunners went 19-1 during the regular season in Region 19, while also capturing the Garden State Athletic Conference crown. Gloucester earned its way back to the national tournament by defeating 2010 national champion Brookdale in the title game of the Region 19 tournament. For the second straight season, the Roadrunners went a perfect 4-0 at the national tournament to capture their straight national title.

Helping lead Gloucester this season was pitcher Kristina Morgan. Morgan helped pilot her team to its second consecutive title even after losing sight in one of her eyes in December. She ended the season with a record of 18-3 to go along with a 1.13 ERA and 117 strikeouts.

This marks the second consecutive year that DePasquale and his staff have won national honors. The coaches at Gloucester had also previously earned regional honors in 2000 and 2006, before they were no longer awarded at the NJCAA Division III level.