Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shonda Stanton Hired at Indiana

Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton has been named the next head coach at Indiana. 

Stanton was the longest-tenured coach in Herd history and had been at Marshall since 1999 and reached her 500th career victory at the school in 2016. She boasts 587 career wins overall and will look for number 600 during the 2018 season.

Stanton presided over the program's move from the Mid-American Conference to Conference USA and led the Herd to a conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth in 2013. 2017 was a highlight for the Herd, as well, as the Herd won the conference's regular-season championship and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing in the conference tournament semifinals.

Known for many things, one of Stanton's hallmarks since she arrived at Marshall has been the program's emphasis on speed on the base paths. The Herd led Conference USA in stolen bases in ten of the twelve seasons they competed in Conference USA under Stanton's leadership, and Elicia D'Orazio was named the nation's Golden Spikes Award winner as the country's top base stealer following the 2017 season.

At Indiana, Stanton inherits a team that went 23-31 in 2017 and made the Big Ten tournament as the #9 seed before losing in the tournament's first round. The Hoosiers finished the 2016 season four games above .500, but prior to that had not had a winning season since 2012.

Stanton spent two seasons - 2007 and 2008 - as the coach of the NPF's Akron Racers, helping lead the team to a second-place league finish in '07. Her coaching resume also includes leading IUPUI for a single season, while she was a three-time team captain as a player at UNC-Greensboro.

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