My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... winning our first conference championship. The #1 seeded team was undefeated on the year and they beat us in the first round of the tournament decidedly. So we entered into the championship game and had to beat them twice to take the championship. We pulled out the first win in a hard fought battle. Coming into game two we were confident and would not consider any option other than a championship. The players I had on that team were gritty and committed. They worked tirelessly all season long. The game started and we were down 7-1 coming into the 3rd inning. Our team just kept fighting. We scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th to make it 7-6. Our opponent answered back with two more runs pushing the lead a little more to 9-6. We took the lead in the 6thinning making the score 11-9 us. Our opponent was able to scrape two more runs to tie the game. We headed into extra innings. We played three scoreless innings and finally in the bottom of the 10th inning we did it! We won the game 12-11 and it was such a great example of determination and dedication to an outcome. The victory was sweet, but it was the path to getting there that really makes that championship stand out.
Coach Broking is the head coach of the Centenary University softball program. Broking earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education (2002) and a Master of Arts degree in physical education-exercise science (2008) from Montclair State. She also holds a pair of coaching certificates from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Specialist) and the NFCA.
Since arriving in Hackettstown prior to the 2009 season, Broking has transformed Centenary into a force in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Broking guided Centenary to back-to-back CSAC championships in 2011 and 2012, giving the program its first-ever bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2012, the team made history by defeating Moravian 3-0 for its first NCAA Tournament victory. Broking also spent the 2007 at Centenary as an assistant coach, helping the Cyclones to a nine-victory campaign.
She is a two-time CSAC Coach of the Year after earning the awards following the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
Prior to being named head coach at Centenary, Broking spent six seasons (2002-06, 2008) as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Montclair State. While on the staff at MSU, Broking was in charge of all aspects of the team’s pitching staff. She also oversaw the strength and fitness components for the program. During her tenure, the team compiled a record of 207-58. Broking and the MSU coaches were named the 2008 regional coaching staff of the year, one of the top honors awarded to a staff.
During her playing career, Broking was a four-year starter and letter winner for Montclair State from 1998-2001. As a senior, she batted a team-best .437 as the Red Hawks won 36 games and claimed the ECAC Division III South Region Tournament crown.
Broking set a school record with 1,048 career putouts as an infielder and tied the school standard with 145 RBI. For her career, she batted .404 with 216 hits, including 56 doubles, and 103 runs scored in 174 games. She also posted a 17-2 record as a pitcher, with a 2.91 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 173 innings.
A two-time All-NJAC First Team All-Star, Broking was selected as the 2001 MSU Outstanding Female Athlete, the 2001 ECAC South Region Tournament MVP and was named as the Dioguardi Scholarship Award winner.
Coach Broking resides in Hackettstown with her husband, Ron, and the couple’s three young children, Ryder, Bo and Grae.