Wayne State Names Coach

Wayne State Names Coach


Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced that Shelli Manson has been named the new head softball coach for the Wildcats. Manson becomes the 13th coach in the program’s 43-year history and replaces Krista Wood, who stepped down on July 22nd to become head coach at South Dakota State University.
Manson comes to Wayne State after spending the last five seasons at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, an NCAA Division III school.  She inherited a program that was last place in the conference and elevated the team to a second place league finish in 2013 and fourth place finish in 2014.
“I would like to thank Athletic Director Mike Powicki and the entire search committee for giving me the privilege to be a part of the Wildcat family,” said Manson.  “I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of winning, along with building on the foundation of success, that has been established with the softball program at Wayne State.”
Before being named head coach at Westminster, Manson was an assistant coach at Division I Louisiana Tech for three years where she helped the team win the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Tournament championship in 2008.  She was also a graduate assistant coach at Defiance College in Ohio from 2004-06, where she obtained her master’s degree in sports science track.  Manson received her bachelor degree at Muskingum College in Ohio where she was a standout player from 1999-2002.  She played on the 2001 NCAA Division III national championship team and was an All-Central Region Third Team outfielder at Muskingum.
“We are excited to have someone of Shelli’s experience and character to take the helm of our Wildcat softball program,” said Powicki.  “I am confident with the foundation that is already in place, and with the addition of Coach Manson, our softball program will continue to excel and thrive within the NSIC and NCAA Division II.”
Manson will take over a Wildcat softball program that returns eight starters and was 35-18 in the 2014 season, placing fourth in the NSIC with a 20-8 league mark.

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