Syracuse University (NY)

Syracuse UniversityAthletics
Carrier Dome - 900 Irving Ave Syracuse, NY 13244
Division 1 New York Northeast
Private Large National competitor


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Shannon Doepking

Shannon Doepking was named the fourth head softball coach in program history September 14, 2018. Doepking comes to Syracuse following a four-year stint at Dartmouth where she led the Big Green to two Ivy League Championships (2015 & 2018).

In her first season at the helm of the Syracuse program, Doepking led the Orange to a 21-32 record which saw significant improvement on the offensive side of the ball. Doepking and the coaching staff helped the Orange nearly double its home run total from 2018, producing 27 in 2019. The Orange's 73 doubles and 1.38 per game both rank fourth all-time for single season records at Syracuse while the team's 14 triples are the second-best in program history. The Orange's 0.26 triples per game also ranked 32nd nationally. Syracuse also recorded its first series victory against Notre Dame in program history.

The 2018 Ivy League Coach of the Year, Doepking oversaw the development of two Ivy League Players of the Year (2015,2016), the 2018 Rookie of the Year, 2015 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region honorees, 21 All-Ivy League selections and four Ivy League All-Academic selections. Doepking placed a strong emphasis on the Big Green's strength of schedule as Dartmouth led the Ivy League in RPI for three of her four season.

Prior to her tenure at Dartmouth, Doepking spent a season at the helm of the Amherst program. She led a significant turnaround in the program with a 21-11 record. Doepking previously served as an assistant coach at Stony Brook where she helped develop a squad that won the American East for the first time in five years. Doepking also served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson and Brentwood Academy.

A decorated player herself, Doepking was an All-SEC catcher out of Tennessee. During her playing career she helped the Lady Vols to an impressive 246-46 (.842) record and three consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances including a runner-up finish in 2007.

She continued her playing career after graduation as the 15th overall pick in the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft by the Akron Racers. Doekping had stints with the USSSA Pride and the Tennessee Diamonds before signing with the Chicago Bandits. While with the Bandits, Doepking helped Chicago capture its second NPF title in 2011 where she was named to the All-NPF Team.

Doepking holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tennessee in addition to a masters of sports administration from Fairleigh Dickinson.

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Vanessa Shippy

Three-time All-American and two-time Big 12 Player of the Year Vanessa Shippy joined the Orange coaching staff in the summer of 2018.

Shippy joined first-year head coach Shannon Doepking for the 2019 season where Syracuse compiled a 21-32 record. Leading the infield and helping with offensive efforts, Shippy and the coaching staff helped the Orange nearly double its home run total from 2018, hitting 27 in 2019. Syracuse also had significant progress in doubles and RBIs. The Orange's 73 doubles and 1.38 per game both rank fourth all-time in single season records at Syracuse while the team's 14 triples are a second-best in program history. The Orange's 0.26 triples per game ranked 32nd nationally.

Shippy arrived at Syracuse following the conclusion of one of the most prolific careers in Oklahoma State softball history where she started every game of her career. Shippy owns 12 school records, including highest career on-base percentage (.613) and the single-season record for most runs scored (73). During her senior season, Shippy became the third Big 12 player all time to earn conference Player of the Year honors twice. She is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and the first two-time Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was also a top-10 finalist for both USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and the Senior CLASS Award. Following the conclusion of her career, Shippy was named a top-30 finalist for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award, becoming the first Oklahoma State athlete to do so.

In April 2018, Shippy became the first Cowgirl to be drafted by the National Pro Faspitch league before opting to sign with Scrap Yard Fastpitch, an independent professional team in Houston. A native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Shippy was the 2014 Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year. She earned her degree in marketing and finance from Oklahoma State in 2018.

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Michael Steuerwald

Michael Steuerwald was named to the Syracuse coaching staff in the summer of 2019.

Steuerwald joins the Orange after spending the past year as Associate Head Coach at Utah Valley University. Steuerwald has more than 10 years of coaching women's professional fastpitch and over nine years of experience coaching collegiate sports, both men and women. In 2019, he was the Senior and Junior Team USA Selection Softball Trial Coach and helped a National Pro Fastpitch Championship coach in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2010 and 2013, Steuerwald was a part of the National Pro Fastpitch Coaching Staff of the Year.

In addition to Utah Valley, Steuerwald has spent time at the collegiate level on the coaching staff for Elon University, Cuesta College, and Rockford. At the professional level, he has worked at Scrap Yard Sports, The Village of Rosemont, the Chicago Bandits and the Rockford Thunder in a variety of coaching and administrative roles.

Steuerwald earned his degree in physical education from Marantha Baptist College in 2005.

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