Release courtesy of Transylvania University
LEXINGTON, KY – Shawn Hendrickson has
been named Transylvania's head softball coach, the athletic
department announced Monday.
"Shawn's knowledge and passion for developing student-athletes and softball will be a great addition to our Pioneer family," said Athletic Director Holly Sheilley. "He has shown commitment to developing excellence on the field and in the classroom. I am excited to have Shawn join our staff."
Hendrickson brings more than 25 years coaching experience to Transylvania softball, serving his last six years as head coach of women's softball at Finlandia University in Hancock, Wisc.
"I am very excited to be a part of Transylvania athletics," said Hendrickson. "Our team has unlimited potential and we are going to work hard, be consistent, and win."
In his final three years at Finlandia, Hendrickson accumulated a 76-27 record, taking the softball program to the 2013 NCAA DIII Regionals, further than any team in the history of the institution. His effort at the collegiate level awarded him three-consecutive NCAA DIII Independent Coach of the Year honors from 2011 to 2013.
In each of his seasons, Hendrickson's softball program ranked nationally in the top 50, as well as the top 10, in several offensive categories. During his tenure, the Finlandia program produced the NCAA's top RBI producer, top batting average player, and most runs per game, in addition to Finlandia's first recognized All-American, catcher Alexis Lawley.
Hendrickson's goals for Pioneer softball exceed individual success and building a winning record. H elooks to aim for a NCAA playoff spot and conference championship.
"The point of the game is not how well the individual does, but whether the team wins," said Hendrickson. "It's a mutual sacrifice for group success. We will become champions who want to make a difference, will never give up, and will give everything we have no matter what the circumstances may be. Pioneer softball will be a force to be reckoned with every single season."
Prior to collegiate coaching, Hendrickson coached high school athletics for nearly 20 years, serving coaching roles in softball, baseball and basketball programs, where he received two Michigan High School Athletic Association Regional Coach of the Year awards.
Transylvania softball will begin their season in March 2015.