The 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
The Herd picked second in preseason poll
Junior Outfielder one of 18 players selected
The Word on the Herd-Dec. 30, 2015
Olympic Gold Medalist Pitcher Lori Harrigan-Mack is the Keynote Speaker
Head Coach Shonda Stanton enters her 17th season at the helm of Marshall Softball and her 18th season overall as a college head coach. Stanton is the winningest coach in Marshall softball history with 488 at Marshall and 515 total career wins. She recorded her 500th career win at Furman on March 28, 2015. Stanton has participated in five conference championship games, including back-to-back from 2005-06 and three straight from 2012-14. She has also captured two regular season conference titles and has ten 30 win seasons. In 2013, she led the Thundering Herd to the Conference USA Tournament Title, the first softball conference tournament championship in Marshall history. The Herd advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament, including a 3-1 win over Notre Dame, in the Lexington, Ky. Regional.
Since taking over the reins, Stanton has produced 63 all-conference, 34 NFCA all-region, one four-time All-American, one Capital-One All-American and 62 player/pitcher of the week selections in 16 seasons. Her Herd players have also garnered many conference specialty awards, including 2003 MAC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year, 2004 MAC Player of the Year, 2005 MAC Freshman of the Year, 2006 and 2008 CUSA Player of the Year, 2008 and 2009 CUSA Co-Newcomer of the Year, and the 2015 CUSA Freshman of the Year.
Under Stanton's leadership, her teams have excelled in the classroom as well, earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher each academic year of her career, with a top 15 national ranking for team grade point average during four seasons.
LAYING THE FOUNDATION
PRIOR TO MARSHALL
Stanton received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNC Greensboro, Stanton was a four-year starter, three-year captain, and was instrumental in the Spartans consecutive Big South Conference crowns. During her senior season, Stanton scored 66 runs, eighth best in the nation.
Over her career, UNC Greensboro posted a 151-72-3 record, and finished as Big South Conference champions twice. Stanton is a Charter Member of the Spartan Heroes at UNC Greensboro. The society was created by Stanton and a number of other Spartan students to increase community service outreach programs in the greater Greensboro area.
The All-Big South performer moved on to Ashland University. Stanton was responsible for many assignments within the athletic department beyond her general softball duties. The Sharon, Pa., native served as an assistant women's basketball coach as well as assisting the women's volleyball program. While at Ashland, she earned a Master's of Education in Sports Science with a stellar 3.85 GPA.
Stanton acted as a graduate assistant for the Eagles. She was an integral part of a nationally recognized program within the NCAA Division II level. During her stay, the softball program set a school record for victories in a season (53), won a second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title and earned a second straight NCAA Division II playoff berth. In the 1997-98 season, the Eagles finished 53-6, won the conference championship and hosted its regional tournament. That season, the entire coaching staff was selected as the coaching staff of the year in the GLIAC. All in all, Ashland compiled an 94-23 record en route to successive bids to the NCAA National Tournament.
Stanton and husband Joe have been married for 16 years and reside in Huntington with their two daughters Shayla (12) and Gianna (8) and son Josiah (4). Stanton is also the Conference USA represenative for the Head Coaches Committee for the NFCA and is the C-USA representative to vote for the NFCA top 25. She also serves as the Marshall FCA campus advisor.