Henry Names Blackshear Assistant Softball Coach at CWRU

Henry Names Blackshear Assistant Softball Coach at CWRU

Case Western Reserve University Head Softball Coach Josie Henry has announced the hiring of Shannel Blackshear as the Assistant Coach of the program.

"I would like to thank Coach Henry and the CWRU Athletic department for this amazing opportunity," said Blackshear.  "I am excited to learn from Coach Henry's passion, competitive edge, and knowledge of the game, and use that to help to continue to grow our athletes.  I am extremely honored and thrilled about becoming part of the Spartan culture and family.  CWRU is a not only a top notch university but a place I am excited to call home."

Blackshear comes to Case Western Reserve from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant and team manager for the Division I softball program.  While with the Razorbacks, she assisted with the program in a variety of capacities, including coaching, academics and recruiting.

Prior to her arrival in Fayetteville, Blackshear spent a year as a student assistant at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin.  She also served as the varsity assistant coach at James Madison Memorial High School and as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wisconsin Xplozion U16 squad.

Blackshear was a standout player for the Badgers during her career (2010-13) as a varsity softball player, graduating as the program's all-time leader in RBIs (137) and walks (95) and home runs (30).  She earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors in 2010, and was an All-Region honoree during the team's NCAA Tournament run in 2013.  Blackshear ended her Wisconsin career with 61 extra-base hits and 175 total hits.

Blackshear received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Wisconsin in 2014, and her Masters of Education, Recreation and Sports Management from Arkansas in 2016.

"We are thrilled to have Shannel Blackshear join our program as our first full-time assistant coach," said Coach Henry.  "She has an excellent background and has worked with great coaches, and will help advance our program to the next level.  We look forward to her working our students at CWRU."

Case Western Reserve finished the 2016 season with a 21-19 overall record, winning 11 of its final 14 games to secure a winning record for the sixth-consecutive season.