Susan Shelton recently completed her third season as Shawnee State’s volleyball head coach in the fall of 2013. Prior to being named head coach, Shelton also served as an assistant coach with the Bears and helped lead the team to Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament championships which resulted in an appearance at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
After reloading from the graduation losses of the SSU teams that went to the NAIA Championships for three straight seasons (2008-10), Shelton led the Bears to the third-largest single season turnaround in victories during the 2012 season, guiding the Bears to 22 wins. This was an 11-win improvement from the previous season. She backed that up in 2013 with another winning record as she reached the 50-win mark.
Shelton has coached a combined eight All-Mid-South Conference selections. In the classroom, Shelton’s team has had 14 MSC Scholar-Athletes and six NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2013, a program-record six student-athlete received academic accolades at the conference level.
Coach Shelton's coaching career began in 1991 when she returned to her high school to coach the junior varsity volleyball team. From 1999-2001, Coach Shelton was the varsity volleyball coach at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Her first year, the team was regular season and tournament district champions. The team was also a regional semifinalist. During this season, she was named all-area and All-Cardinal District Coach of the Year. In 2001, Coach Shelton stopped to spend more time with her family.
In 2002, Coach Shelton moved with her family to Adams County, Ohio. She returned to coaching in 2005, where she was the head coach at West Union High School in Adams County. The team was the Southern Hills League Champions and Sectional Champions in 2007. After that season, Coach Shelton left the high school coaching ranks to focus on club volleyball teams. During this time, Coach Shelton ran a variety of skills and team camps.
Shelton played collegiate volleyball at Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia from 1987 to 1990. She was a four-year varsity starter. She received all-conference recognition her freshman and senior years.
Shelton lives in Blue Creek, Ohio with her husband Troy. She has two daughters, Elizabeth and Christina. Christina is currently a member of the volleyball team at Shawnee State. Coach Shelton is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Valley High School in Lucasville, Ohio.
Former Shawnee State player Kelly Schumacher wrapped up her second season as an assistant volleyball coach in the fall of 2013. Schumacher played for head coach Susan Shelton during the 2011 season. She came to Shawnee State after transferring in from Otterbein College where she played three years.
The Bears posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2012 and 2013. During the 2012 season, Schumacher’s first year as an assistant, the Bears won 22 matches which was an 11-win improvement from the previous season. That turnaround season was the third-largest single season win increase in SSU history. On the court, five different players have earned All-MSC honors over the past two seasons, including three first-team selections. Off the court, the team has had 11 student-athletes named Academic All-MSC.
As a defensive specialist for Shawnee State during her senior season, Schumacher ranked in the top five on the team in digs, serves and service aces during her senior season. In her previous three seasons at Otterbein, she helped lead the team to one appearance at the NCAA Championships for the Division III Cardinals.