GameOn 13 Present’s
President’s Day Softball Clinic
with Now-Allah James, NYU
Monday February 18th, 9 AM - 2 PM
There is a 24 person cap on this clinic! Contact us to reserve your spot today!
NOW-ALLAH JAMES is in his fifth year as Head Coach of the New York University women’s softball team, which debuted as a varsity program in 2014-15. James, whose teams have now posted a 78-78 record, led the Violets to a 21-20 record in 2018, including five wins in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. He also helped guide the Violets to an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championship appearance where the team made it to the semifinals for the second year in a row.
Under James’ guidance, junior Diana King earned First Team All-UAA honors while four other members of the squad earned Second Team accolades. King additionally was named CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Northeast Region. The Violets also had a winning season in the classroom, as 13 players earned UAA Spring Sport All-Academic honors and 15 were selected to the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee (IAAC) Spring Honor Roll.
In 2017, James led the Violets to a 19-19 overall record, including five UAA victories en route to a bid to the ECAC Division III Championship. The Violets’ excelled in the classroom as well in 2017, as 11 players earned UAA Spring Sport All-Academic honors and 12 were named to the IAAC Spring Honor Roll.
In 2016, James led the Violets to the ECAC Division III Metro Championship title. The young team, which consisted of 13 freshmen and only one senior, compiled a program-record 26 victories (26-15) and finished the season on a nine-game winning streak. The squad also won its first-ever UAA games in program history, defeating both Case Western Reserve University and the University of Rochester twice. NYU completed its 2016 season with a victory over Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham in the ECAC Championship Game. The Violets entered the fifth inning down 5-2 before rallying with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to win the game 7-5 and secure the first title in program history. James’ squad also received All-Academic honors from the NFCA in 2016, recording the highest GPA (3.508) in the UAA and the 11th-highest in all of NCAA Division III. Eleven players were named as an Easton/NFCA Division III Scholar-Athlete, while five earned UAA All-Academic honors.
In the team’s inaugural varsity season in 2015, James led the Violets to a 12-24 record. The first win in program history came on March 22 at home against Brooklyn College. The youthful roster competed well all season long, showing signs of a bright future by finishing the season with four wins in the final five games. James joined NYU after serving as the Head Softball Coach at Lehman College in 2013-14 and as an assistant coach at Pace University from 2005-13.
In his one season at Lehman, James’ squad posted a 12-21 record, an eight-win improvement (4-24) from the previous season. In his nine seasons as an assistant at Pace, James helped lead his teams to five 20-win seasons (2008-12), including a 29-19 record in 2008.
A 2000 Pace graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, James was a four-year member of the Setters’ football team. He also served as a resident assistant for three years and a resident director for three years on Pace’s Pleasantville, NY, campus. James joined the Pace Athletics Department staff in 2001 and served as the Assistant Facilities Manager for two years and then Department Equipment Manager from 2004-13.
A member of the NFCA Diversity Committee and the NCAA Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, James is also a certified personal trainer who went on to earn a Master's in Public Administration from Pace in 2003