Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University Athletics
Athletics Center - ASU BOX 32025 Boone, NC 28608
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Public Large National competitor


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Shelly Hoerner

Appalachian State University Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, named Shelly Hoerner head softball coach on June 23. Hoerner brings 18 years of head coaching experience with over 500 career wins to the App State program.

“We’re looking forward to the experience and excitement Shelly will bring to the program at Appalachian State. I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Jonathan Reeder, for their work,” said Gillin. “After a national search, Shelly’s success as a coach, in addition to her reputation as a leader, made her a natural fit for App State. I am thrilled to welcome Shelly, Jeff, and Meeka May to the Appalachian State family.”

Hoerner comes to App after a four-year stint as Head Coach at Georgia Tech, where she earned her 500th career win in 2016. At Tech, her team had the highest GPA in the athletic department in 2016 and 2017, averaging over a 3.2 all four years. Hoerner coached the Yellow Jackets to four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with three Yellow Jackets earning All-ACC honors.

Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, she led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference.

From 2000-05, Hoerner was the head coach at Barry University, compiling an overall record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as Regional Coach of the Year.

Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000). She first embarked on her coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. In her two seasons at Barry, she struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.

Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school's all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.

Hoerner also gained professional playing experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.

A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master's degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999, and have a daughter, Meeka May.

Statement from Coach Hoerner…

“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Doug Gillin for this incredible opportunity to rebuild and lead the App State program. The vision he has for the athletic department mirrors what I was looking for. Jonathan Reeder and the entire search committee have been terrific through this process and very welcoming. I am excited to lead this program with passion and purpose, and will provide the necessary structure and support to help our student-athletes be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The young women will be prepared for life after they graduate from App State. I look forward to bringing a family atmosphere to this program along with engaging our alumni and their families. We will work as one unit to establish a championship mentality and elevate App State Softball in the Sun Belt Conference.”

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Alex Hupp

Alex Hupp begins her first season at Appalachian State after joining Shelly Hoerner's staff in July. Hupp serves as the pitching coach and will also coach outfielders. She will also have a large hand in recruiting and assist in day-to-day operations.

“I'm excited to have Alex join our softball family here at App,” Hoerner said. “She brings great knowledge along with a sense of maturity which will be very beneficial to our staff. The rapport Alex has with the student-athletes she has worked with in the past is very impressive, and will aid greatly in re-establishing this program. She's a terrific recruiter and motivator who has a lot of passion and energy. Alex has the same goals and values as myself for this program. I look forward to bringing our vision together.”

"I would like to thank Coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department for this opportunity to join the Mountaineer family,"Hupp said. "I believe in the culture and values that Coach Hoerner brings to the game, and I am excited to build a program alongside her and these talented, young women."

Hupp comes to App State after two seasons as an assistant coach at Troy University, following a stint as the top assistant at East Tennessee State University in 2015. Hupp also served on the coaching staff at South Dakota State University as an assistant coach in 2013, and interim head coach in 2014. Before her time at South Dakota State, Hupp helped lead Emporia State University as an assistant coach to a combined 84-27 record over two seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Regionals.

An Olathe, Kansas native, Hupp graduated from University of Nebraska in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As a softball student-athlete at Nebraska, Hupp was a pitcher and outfielder, amassing 58 total pitching appearances and 239 career at bats. In her sophomore season, Hupp emerged as Nebraska's No. 2 starter, logging 133 innings, while also tossing a no-hitter against the University of Northern Colorado.

Hupp had a standout career at Olathe East High School, posting a 69-1 career record in the circle. While earning First Team High All-America Honors in 2006, she was also named the 2005-06 Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the state of Kansas. Hupp helped lead Olathe East to three consecutive Class 6A state championships from 2004-06.

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Shane Showalter

Newly appointed Appalachian State University softball head coach Shelly Hoerner completed the hiring of her staff with the addition of Shane Showalter on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Showalter will serve as an assistant coach while working primarily with hitters.

Showalter, a softball coaching veteran of 21 years, joins the Mountaineer coaching staff with more than 16 years of head coaching experience under his belt.

“I am excited for Shane to join our staff. The wealth of experience he brings to App State Softball is what we need to help us move the program forward,” said Hoerner. “He has been involved in every facet of a softball program from an assistant coach and a head coach which will lend a hand in making the transition with the players smooth. I look forward to him taking control of the hitters as that is his strength. He will also work with the infielders and assist in day to day operations in the office including a heavy emphasis on recruiting. Our program is very fortunate to have a family man with so much softball experience in our program.”

Most recently, Showalter served on Austin Peay’s coaching staff for five seasons with the last two coming as the head coach of the Governors. Showalter boasts experience in coaching hitters, pitchers, infielders and catchers. After his first season, his squad earned the Ohio Valley Conference Team Sportsmanship Award.

Combined with that honor and under Showalter’s tutelage, Danielle Liermann became the first Governors student-athlete to be named OVC Freshman of the Year while also earning a spot on the All-OVC first team. Liermann and Kacy Acree also became the first set of Governors teammates to be named to the All-OVC Newcomer team in the same season.

While at Austin Peay and in his first season as head coach, the Govs saw their offense post top-five all-time marks for doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and home runs. The team also posted its lowest strikeout total as a team since 2008, while defensively the team committed 17 fewer errors - a 19 percent improvement over the previous season.

Prior to his time at Austin Peay, Showalter became the winningest coach in Colorado State University-Pueblo history and was named the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Under Showalter’s guidance, the ThunderWolves became a consistent contender in the Division II RMAC, finishing second in his last season in 2012. In his last six seasons, CSU-Pueblo qualified for the RMAC Tournament each season, finishing second twice (2006, 2007).

He coached an All-America, two RMAC Players of the Year and the league freshman of the year during his tenure. Along the way he mentored eight all-region, 44 all-league and 10 all-conference tournament selections.

In 2009 the program qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history. The ThunderWolves earned an at-large bid that season and eventually played its way into the Central Regional Championship game - earning the program’s first-ever national tournament victories.

While at CSU-Pueblo, Showalter’s squads maintained a grade point average better than 3.4.

Before serving as the ThunderWolves’ head coach, Showalter held the same position at Division III Colorado College. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Adams State from 1996-98.

Off the softball field, Showalter served as assistant grounds keeper from 1999-2002 for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate.

Showalter earned both his bachelor’s (sports and exercise management) and master’s (exercise physiology) at Adams State.

He has one daughter, Maison.

“First and foremost I would like to thank coach Hoerner for this opportunity,” said Showalter. “I am looking forward to being a part of her staff and helping to build a great softball program that Appalachian State and the community will be proud of. I would also like to thank everyone in Appalachian State athletics for the warm welcome. My daughter and I feel very much at home here already. The people we have met and the town have been nothing short of amazing. We are very proud and feel very blessed to be a part of the community and the Appalachian State family.”

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