Pitt State’s new head women’s softball coach is no stranger to success. During her seven-year tenure at Ohio Northern University, Annette Hunt-Shepherd compiled 191
victories. Her squads averaged 35 wins per season over the past four years and played in the NCAA Division III National Tournament twice.
Athletics Director Chuck Broyles praised Hunt-Shepherd for taking a program struggling for an identity and making it one of the most competitive programs in its conference. He also lauded her commitment to students and student success.
“Annette is a well-rounded person,” Broyles said. “She’s committed to helping develop well-rounded student-athletes – individuals who succeed in the classroom as well as on the softball field. She’s interested in cultivating relationships not only on campus but also in the community and with alumni. We are excited about the future of Gorilla Softball.”
Hunt-Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree in health education in 1997 from the University of Maryland, where she helped the Terrapins to an ACC title as a senior team captain. She batted leadoff and played first base for the Terps and was voted the Academic Player of the Year at Maryland in 1997.
Prior to playing her senior season at Maryland, Hunt-Shepherd played collegiately for two seasons at Miami (Ohio) University, from 1993-94, and one season at Shippensburg University (1995).
Hunt-Shepherd also earned a master’s degree in parks, recreation and resource management from Frostburg (Md.) State in 2003.
Hunt-Shepherd becomes the ninth head coach in the 36-year history of the Pitt State softball program. She takes over the reins of the Gorillas softball program following the resignation of former head coach Brad Horky, who coached for 10 seasons during a pair of stints at the school (1991-95, 2006-10). Horky compiled a 296-216-1 (.578) record leading the Gorillas, including a 20-29-1 mark in 2010.