Susan Shelton will enter her fifth season as the head coach of the Shawnee State University Volleyball program in the fall of 2015. 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, resulting in an appearance at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
After reloading from the graduation losses of the Shawnee State 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 for her career. In 2014, Shelton coached the Bears to at least a .500 mark in conference play for the third year in a row.
Shelton has coached a combined 10 All-Mid-South Conference selections. In the classroom, Shelton’s teams have had 20 MSC Scholar-Athletes and six NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2013, a program-record six student-athlete received academic accolades at the conference level, which was matched with a half-dozen more honorees in 2014.
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.