Shelli Manson returns for her third season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech softball program serving as the hitting coach and working closely with the Lady Techster catchers.
Manson's influence on the Techster hitters the past two seasons can be easily measured as head coach Sarah Dawson said she was a big reason for LA Tech's 2008 post-season run.
"Our offense continues to improve under Shelli's direction," Dawson said. "She has worked tirelessly over the past two seasons preparing the hitters both physically and mentally.
"Installing a hitting philosophy doesn't happen overnight, but I am thrilled to see such great results and look forward to our hitters' continued growth."
Since Manson's addition to Dawson's staff two years ago, the LA Tech program has seen two of its most productive offensive seasons as the win totals have more than doubled (18 in 2006 to 22 in 2007 to 38 in 2008).
While winning 38 games last year, capturing the 2008 WAC Tournament title and earning the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade, Louisiana Tech boasted some impressive offensive numbers.
As a team last year, Tech set program marks in hits (454), doubles (72), home runs (34), and RBI (218) while missing the total runs mark by only one (239). In fact since Manson's arrival on campus, Tech power numbers have surged with the team combining for 66 home runs (32 in 2007, 34 in 2008).
Individually, a number of offensive records fell in 2008 as sophomore Amberly Waits broke the mark for hits (75), triples (10), and total bases (126).
Manson joined the Techsters after serving two years as the graduate assistant coach at Defiance College in Ohio in 2005 and 2006. Prior to her coaching experience, she started for four years at Muskingum College where she caught and played outfield for the Muskies from 1999 through 2002.
During her four years, she helped lead Muskingum to four straight Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and the Division III National Championship in 2001.
The Covington, Ohio, native earned first team all-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades in 1999 as a catcher and in 2002 as an outfielder. Manson also has professional playing experience playing on the Professional Fastpitch X-treme Tour in May of 2006.
Manson earned her bachelor's degree in history from Muskingum College in 2003 and her master's of education with a sports science track from Defiance College in 2006.
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