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Long-time Marshall softball coach heads to Indiana after 18 seasons with the Herd

After spending 18 seasons with the Thundering Herd, Marshall head softball coach Shonda Stanton announced she would be leaving the school. (Adam Gue)

After spending 18 seasons with the Thundering Herd, Marshall head softball coach Shonda Stanton announced she would be leaving the school.

Stanton announced Saturday she has accepted the head coaching position at Indiana University.

In her 18 season with Marshall, Stanton led the Herd to a school-record 560 games.

In her final season with Marshall, Stanton, who was named Conference USA Coach of the Year, led the Herd to one of its best seasons in program history. The Herd finished with a program-record 42 wins and finished 20-4 in conference.

Marshall cracked the Top 25 and received at at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Regionals in Lexington, Kentucky, the Herd defeated DePaul before being limited by Illinois.

In her 18 seasons with Marshall, the Herd won 30 games or more 12 times. Stanton led the Herd to three regular season conference titles, two NCAA Tournaments and one C-USA Tournament title.

Under Stanton, Marshall student-athletes were named to all-conference teams 77 times. Seven players played under Stanton went on to play in the professional ranks and five players played on their respective national teams.

Stanton not only guided her teams to excellence on the field, but in the classroom as well. The Marshall softball team is currently on a streak of 36 consecutive with a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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