Shane Showalter, Assistant Coach
Shane Showalter enters his second season as Appalachian State University assistant coach after serving as the Austin Peay Governors head coach.
Prior to coming to Austin Peay, Showalter, served as Colorado State-Pueblo’s head coach for 10 seasons and left CSU-Pueblo as the winningest coach in program history, gaining his 200th ThunderWolves victory in 2011 on his way to 244 career victories.
Under Showalter's direction, the CSU-Pueblo program became a consistent contender in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, finishing second in his last season while being named RMAC Coach of the Year. In his last six seasons, CSU-Pueblo qualified for the RMAC Tournament each season, finishing second twice (2006, 2007).
He coached an All-American, two RMAC Players of the Year and the league freshman of the year during his stay. Along the way he also mentored eight all-region, 44 all-league and 10 all-conference tournament selections.
In 2009, the program qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history. The ThunderWolves earned an at-large bid that season and eventually played its way into the Central Regional Championship game on the way to earning the program's first-ever national tournament wins.
Prior to serving as the ThunderWolves' head coach, Showalter held the same position at Division III Colorado College (1999-2002), a non-scholarship program in Colorado Springs. Before arriving at Colorado College, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater Adams State (Alamosa, Colo.) from 1996-98.
Off the softball field, he served as assistant grounds keeper from 1999-02 for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies Triple A affiliate.
Showalter earned both his bachelor's (Sports and Exercise Management) and master's (Exercise Physiology) at Adams State.
He has a daughter, Maison.