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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Where Are They Now: Shannon Doepking

Who is she? Shannon Nicole Doepking, a former collegiate catcher for the University of Tennessee and professionally for the Akron Racers, USSSA Pride, Tennessee Diamonds, and Chicago Bandits.

What is she known for? In college, Doepking was undoubtedly one of the top backstops in the game. She was a star for the Lady Vols from the get go, starting seventy of seventy-one contests in her freshman season. She helped lead the Lady Vols to the WCWS three consecutive, including the finals in 2007 and took Arizona star
Taryne Mowatt deep in game one of the series. During her five-year NPF career, Doepking was again regarded as one of the best game-callers in the game. Her final two seasons, both of which she spent in a Bandits uniform, were arguably her finest, as her offensive production was at it's highest and she was a part of the championship-winning 2011 Bandits squad.

You might not know... In her final three seasons, Doepking played in all but fifteen of the Lady Vols' 210 games. Her senior season in 2008 was her best offensively , as she improved her batting average by thirty-seven points over her previous high, nearly doubled her RBI total from her previous two seasons, and posted the highest slugging percentage and OBP of her career.

What's she up to now? Following her retirement from the NPF, Doepking was hired as an assistant coach on Megan Bryant's staff at Stony Brook University in New York. Doepking has previous coaching experience at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Contact information: You can find Shannon on Twitter @sdoepking11 and Facebook, and I encourage you to drop this NPF legend a line and thank her for her contributions to the game!

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