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).
The 2018 Ivy League Coach of the Year, 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 athletes selected to the Ivy League first and second team and four Ivy League All-Academic selections.
Doepking placed a strong emphasis on the Big Green’s strength of schedule as Dartmouth had the best RPI in the Ivy League for three of her four seasons.
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.
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 arrives in Syracuse after wrapping up 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). Shippy is only the third Big 12 player to earn conference Player of the Year honors twice. She is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and the first player to earn Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors twice.
Shippy was also a top-10 finalist for both USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and the Senior CLASS award.
In April, Shippy became the first Cowgirl to be drafted by the National Pro Fastpitch league before opting to sign with Scrap Yard Fastpitch, an independent professional team in Houston, Texas.
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.