Mark Ryan NEWMAN
April 20, 1949 – September 12, 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.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Mark Ryan NEWMAN
October 22, 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.
Chris and Carroll Shephard and all of your neighbors
October 20, 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 --
October 16, 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.
October 15, 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!
October 15, 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
October 15, 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.
October 15, 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!
October 15, 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.
October 14, 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
October 13, 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
October 13, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of being a player under Mark for six years. Two years while he was the assistant coach for the Arlington Heights Legion team and four years at SIU. Mark was a master recruiter, genius baseball teacher, extraordinary relationship builder and someone who truly cared about maximizing your potential. But the one trait that stands out above all else was his competitive fire. He hated to lose at anything. Mark also left a favorable impression on everyone he met highlighted by his rapier like wit. God bless you and your family and Rest In Peace.
October 13, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Mark for many years and he was always so kind and always was available when I needed anything from him. I felt I had a good friend in Mark and he will be missed. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
Richard Itch Jones
October 12, 2020
In 1969 I first Mark when I became the assistant coach at Southern Illinois University. In 1970 I became the head coach and had the opportunity to coach him.
In 1972 I hired Mark as our pitching coach. The next nine years he showed his knowledge as a pitching coach and recruiter . I contribute the success that we had to Mark during those years. When he went to work for the New York Yankees no matter how busy he was he always returned my phone calls. He was very loyal and supportive of the University. Mark you have left your legacy and you will always be remembered by me and SIU.
The Jones family sends our condolences to his wife Pat and his two brothers Bert and Jay.
Itch & SUE Jones & Family
October 12, 2020
I was part of Coach Newman’s first teams at ODU. We quickly learned the sense of urgency it takes to win in baseball. We worked like dogs, scratched our heads at his wicked sense of humor and learned how to play and be successful at the game we all loved. Our success came very fast going to the NCAA Regionals in his second year. Those teams are still very close and still get together to share the great stories. He taught us all to do it the right way. God Bless his family during these difficult days. I hope you may find comfort that so many share your loss with you. Mark Bennett ODU ‘82
October 10, 2020
Most amazing influential personal strength.
He could eat a sandwich, watch a football game, read a book, smoke a cigarette, and talk on the phone all at the same time. So many of us got oppurtunities in baseball because of his strong
advocacy. Baseball has lost a true pioneer!
October 10, 2020
I was a member of Coach Newmans first Old Dominion University's baseball team..I learned more in those two years then in the previous ten..thank you Coach, you were the best Coach I ever had.,Tonymo
October 1, 2020
I was saddened to hear that Mark suddenly passed away. I first met Mark, when I was trying out for the SIU Baseball Team back in 1967. We became friends and Mark was always a positive influence during my time at SIU. Later, Mark would become a prime speaker at several of our Chicago Baseball clinics over the years helping our coaches association and helping many of us coaches to better ourselves and our players to become successful.
My prayers and the thoughts are with Mark and the the entire Mark Newman Family.
September 27, 2020
I didn’t really “know” Mark except through my dear friendship with his wife, Pat. However, Pat and I had more lunches together over decades than most people do with anyone. She and I, of course, shared our lives during those lunches. I heard innumerable stories about Mark. The baseball years. The retirement years. When they got married during lunch and I wondered where my lunch buddy was that day. His love of his grandsons. His nights, really late afternoons/early evenings, out bs-ing with his guys. The tiny annoying things he did as a husband driving his wife crazy. He was a good man. A generous soul. And my dearest friend lost a wonderful partner. Thinking of his family at this time.
September 26, 2020
Coach I miss you everyday. You taught me so much and influence my decisions still to this day. You taught me how to work hard and become successful. You were always there for me no matter what you had going on. You changed the game of baseball in the tidewater area and around the country. I thank God everyday to have such a man like yourself put into my life because I would of never achieved the things I have without you there guiding me. ODU was so lucky to have you and I know the guys I played with will miss you. I love you coach and I always know you are still here no matter what. God bless and we will meet again.
Love You Coach,
ODU Baseball 83-85
September 25, 2020
I had the pleasure of finally meeting Mark , after knowing his name in the baseball world. The last 4 years on almost a daily basis I would go to the training facility early hoping to catch him ...and most of the time I did. I learned more about player development from Mark in these last 4 years than in my entire career as a player and coach! We shared stories...awesome ones, about success and failure. I made sure to take notes and try to apply what we talked about. Im grateful to have spent so much time with him...watching him work with kids was awesome and seeing him trying to dumb it down was even more fun! My heart goes out to his family and friends ...his loss leaves a huge gap in our lives. It was an Honor
September 24, 2020
September 21, 2020
One of the most intelligent individuals I have ever known. Great coach, great man. Was fortunate to pitch for him at SIU. Thing that I will always remember was his passion and work ethic! I was an average player but he always made me feel as if I was as significant and important as anyone else. He never stopped coaching/teaching, a trait I have tried to emulate throughout my coaching career
Your efforts on my behalf will never be forgotten .
Thanks Mark for all you did for me!So sorry to hear of his loss.
william Mc Minn
September 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Newman Family !Mark was a great friend back in the day at SIUC ..I will always cherish his wonderful wit, and exceptional Intellect. He gave me wonderful advice on life's daily challenges ..Forever grateful !May GOD give you comfort and blessings always !
Bill Mc Minn
Debbie Klaproth (formerly Bauer, Sellars)
September 15, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I’m a retired teacher & coach (Chamberlain). I just want the family to know how generous he was for our youth. One year we were able to bring in some players & staff for an assembly, he donated minor league tickets for some of our students, and made generous donations for our swim team. He spoke often of his grandsons and I know one is a very good swimmer.
I’m sure you’re experiencing the hurt & pain & grief of such a loss. I hope you can find comfort in the knowledge that he was a much loved gentleman. Mark will be missed but never forgotten.
September 14, 2020
Mark, Bill Patrick and I were roommates when Mark and I were law school classmates and coaches at SIU. My prayers and condolences. A good friend, good human being. I am a better person for having known him.