OBITUARY

Mark Ryan NEWMAN

20 April, 194912 September, 2020

Mark was born in Los Angeles California on April 20, 1949 and passed away unexpectedly on September 12, 2020 at his home in Tampa, Florida. Mark attended Wheeling High School in Illinois where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. But baseball was his love. He attended Southern Illinois University on scholarship playing 2nd base and pitching, eventually also coaching the team. While at SIU, he played on and coached baseball teams that went to the college baseball world series and also obtained his law degree in 1978. From 1981-1989, Mark was Head Baseball Coach at Old Dominion University in Virginia, winning a league championship and regularly qualifying for conference and regional finals. While at ODU, Mark was named Coach of the Year in the Sunbelt Conference (1985) and Coach of the Year in the Commonwealth of Virginia(1987). He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Wheeling High School, the University of Southern Illinois and Old Dominion University. Mark joined the New York Yankees as Coordinator of Minor League Instruction in 1989, relocating to Tampa. In 1996, he was promoted to Vice President, Player Development and Scouting. During Mark's first ten years with the Yankees, the minor league system which he headed produced the core of the Yankee dynasty that won four world championships in five years. The minor league system was touted as the top baseball organization and the team was designated "Team of the Century". In 2000, Mark was promoted to Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations. In 2010, he was awarded the Shelton "Chief" Bender Award which honors individuals for distinguished service in player development. Mark was greatly loved not only by family and friends but also his fellow players, the athletes he coached, the coaches he trained and people with whom he worked. Mark had a special affinity and love for the latin players and learned to speak Spanish fluently so he could communicate with them more effectively. Mark loved teaching and learning about sports, motivation, and achievement throughout his life. His greatest joy was helping others attain, or even exceed, their potential. Mark coached at the World Championship level in both college and professional baseball, working with and developing major league players like Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Andy Petitte. But he enjoyed just as much coaching youth baseball (Tampa Bay Bulls) and basketball (St. Lawrence and Ultimate Warriors) after his retirement.

Mark is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Kuhlman; step-daughter, Emily Ingerick and son-in-law, Rhett Ingerick; grandsons, Logan and Owen Ingerick; brothers, Jay Newman(Barb) and Bert Newman; nieces and nephews, Matt Newman(Jocelyn), Peter Newman(Carissa), Kari Hatt(Andy) and Danielle Newman. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and JoAnn Newman and sister, Alison.

We will remember Mark for his kindness, toughness, generosity and sense of humor and his insistence on being the best you can be. He leaves a legacy of love and integrity. We have wonderful memories of Mark as a loving husband, step parent and grandparent. Mark lived by the maxim that a life not lived for others is not a life well lived. Mark's life was well lived.

A zoom service for friends and family will take place at 3:30pm on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Please contact Blount & Curry Funeral Home, (813) 968-2231 for information concerning how to attend the zoom service. The family hopes to schedule a Celebration of Life at a time when we are no longer restricted in our ability to get together by the coronavirus. Mark firmly believed in the value of youth sports and would ask that contributions be made to Berkeley Preparatory School Athletics, Ultimate Warriors Basketball Community School For Sports/Corbett Prep, Forest Hills Youth Baseball Inc., or a youth sports charity of your choice.

Services

  • Zoom Service

    Thursday, 15 October , 2020

Memories

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Christopher Shephard

22 October 2020

We miss Mark in the neighborhood in Carrollwood, Tampa, Florida! He was a warm and friendly presence and it is so sad that he is gone. Lots of love and thoughts to the family and Mark's friends and colleagues, that was a real wonderful service last week. Pat, Emily, Rhett, Logan, Owen and all, we are holding you in our thoughts.

Best wishes,
Chris and Carroll Shephard and all of your neighbors

Chris Passarella

20 October 2020

I met Mark in 2008 when I started working for the Yankees in their Mental Conditioning Department. Mark's contagious attitude, passion for coaching, and developing players from all over the world stood out to me from day one. I was fortunate to learn from him and always walked away from conversations with a new perspective on whatever situation we talked through. He will be missed dearly --

Peace and condolences to Mark's family --

Chris Passarella

Mike Reis

16 October 2020

Mark was an SIU assistant when I began my SIU Radio play by play career. Fortunately he mentored others in addition to players as he was a huge help to me, especially when it came to interviewing. I think he liked helping those who wanted to learn and be good no matter the field. He wanted to know about others' fields. And, because he was so intelligent, he could help no matter the field. Given his career, his SIU accomplishments and his generosty to SIU after he was gone, Itchy Jones and I agree that Mark is the most impactful person overall in SIU Baseball history. Sympathy to the family. But, congrats to them, too, for organizing such a wonderful Zoom service. Best to you all. Also, I feel Mark telling me to make sure I follow Logan's career at UK. And I will.

Richard Brown

15 October 2020

Mark was and is very special to me. He was a great father figure to me being the young troubled young man I was when we met. We talked consistently to the very end. He supported me in every major decision I made during my time with the Yankees and every chapter of my life after the Yankees whether it was deciding to go back to college and play football, boxing, etc... He once called me in his office and told me, " the reason I do what I do is for people like you. I'm here for the guys who come up less fortunate cause I get such a pleasure of seeing them make it. " There is not enough time or space that I can fill in the blanks with all the kind words I can say about him. Love you and miss you chief!

Steve Swindal

15 October 2020

I first met Mark at Himes where we would work out in the morning together. I had little to do with the Yankees in those days as I was involved in the maritime operations. We became friends early on never guessing we would be working together one day. Mark was the consummate professional at his job and one of the most organized people I have ever met. Yet he always had time though to talk about any personal issues you may be having. I think this is why the players loved him so much.He cared about their lives both on and off the field .Yes, Mark was a major factor of the modern Yankee dynasty but he will also be remembered as giant of a man! My deepest condolences to the family. Steve Swindal

Marc Cuseta

15 October 2020

I was devastated to hear of Mark’s sudden passing on September 12th. Along with Gene Michael and former Dodgers “superscout” Mel Didier, he shaped my baseball mind and thought process when I was a young, green, inexperienced 20 something coach in the early 80’s. Mark’s contributions to the NY Yankees organization and the baseball community in general can never be duplicated and will always be under appreciated. RIP my good friend.

Jax Robertson

15 October 2020

I met Mark while scouting in the Midwest & he was recruiting for SIU. That led to me following him to ODU to be his assistant coach in his 1st year there. Though I only stayed one year, our friendship & his mentorship lasted a lifetime. Through it all, I was blessed to see his passion for life & leadership serve as an example to many. He embraced every opportunity to challenge himself & serve as a role model to others.
Thanks, Newdie, for making such a lasting impact... you will be missed!
Jax Robertson

Brian Butterfield

15 October 2020

Our family truly loved Mark Newman. He treated us SO well.....he always made a big deal out of our sons.
He was tremendously impactful to so many of us.....he always pushed the coaches to greater heights. He was fiercely intense and that was complimented very nicely by an engaging, humorous, and warm side.
I am so thankful to God that he brought Mark Newman into our lives. He was a great mentor and friend. We have so many fond memories of our time together with Mark.....Thank you Newty.....job well done, job well done.
❤️✝️

Marquis Hook

14 October 2020

I had the opportunity to work with Mark at the Himes Player Development Complex for a few years. I can honestly say he got my respect from day 1. Mark use to always interact with the grounds crew on a daily basis, challenging us to never settle on doing the bare minimum and to strive to be your best at all times. I'm truly going to miss you Mark. Many Blessings 🙏.. ~Marquis Hook

Jeff Beard

13 October 2020

I would like to thank Coach Newman for helping me to reach my full potential.
He made me realize that if you work hard in life and in baseball things will turn in your favor.
This philosophy has made me a better person, husband, father and friend.
My ODU teammates are still my best friends. Coach Newman made us close as a baseball family. Coach Newman's hard work helped the 82' Monarchs reach the school's first Division 1 Regional.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We will miss you Coach. RIP
#18 Jeff Beard 1B

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