HEAD COACH SHANNON WATHEN
Shannon Wathen is in her 17th season at Campbellsville and 16th as head coach for the Lady Tiger softball program. She currently ranks No. 18 on the active wins list by head coaches in the NAIA.
Wathen, a 1999 graduate of Campbellsville, was a two-time NAIA All-American and two-time Kodak All-American for the Lady Tiger women's basketball program. She ended her playing career in the Top 10 in numerous CU stat categories, including 1,365 points, 690 rebounds, 600 assists, 275 steals and 59 blocks.
She began her coaching career as a women's basketball graduate assistant. She decided to return to Campbellsville University in 2000 as a Lady Tiger assistant basketball coach under former Hall of Fame Coach Donna Wise.
In 2003, she took over as head coach of the Lady Tiger softball program. During her 14 years as head coach she has an overall record of 508-250-2.
In 2005 the Lady Tigers notched their first of three straight Mid-South Conference regular season championships. CU won the MSC regular season again in 2009, co-champs in 2013 and 2015 and won the out-right title in 2016 - the programs seventh. Wathen's teams also won the Mid-South Conference tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and 2016. Her teams have been to the tournament finals in nine of her 14 seasons.
The year 2015 was one for the books. Having sometimes five freshmen in the starting lineup, Wathen has led her team to her sixth MSC regular season championship, the program’s first-ever NAIA Opening Round championship and also their first World Series appearance.
In 2018, she paced the Lady Tigers to the second most wins in a season in program history with 47 after going 47-10 on the year. Wathen coached Campbellsville to the MSC regular-season and tournament titles, while moving on to the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round -- which the Lady Tigers hosted for the second-straight season. Campbellsville also matched its highest ranking in the NAIA National Poll at No. 4 overall, which they held for most of the season.
During Wathen's tenure, she has been named MSC Coach of the Year eight times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018). Five of her players have been named MSC Player of the Year, four others have been named MSC Pitcher of the Year a combined five times, and has coached three MSC Freshmen of the Year.