June 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – Ron Shoemaker, a former assistant softball coach at La Salle from 1994-97 who has ten years of Division I coaching experience, has been named the head softball coach for the Explorers, director of athletics Dr. Tom Brennan announced today.

“Ron brings a great deal of experience at the NCAA Division I level, especially in our geographical area,” Brennan said. “He is committed to the student-athlete experience and has had success at every stop during his career. We look forward to him leading our softball program.”

"I am so very honored to be named the head coach at La Salle University,” Shoemaker said. “I look forward to working with the student-athletes, coaches and administration in an effort to bring La Salle Softball to a prominent place in both the region and the Atlantic 10.”

Shoemaker helped guide the Explorers to four consecutive conference tournament berths in his four years at 20th and Olney, twice in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference and twice after joining the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Explorers went 54-44 and garnered four All-Conference picks during the first two seasons in the A-10, as well as two All-Conference and two All-Newcomer picks in the MCC.

He comes back to La Salle from Saint Joseph’s, where he has served as an assistant under Terri Adams since 2009. In his four seasons on Hawk Hill, he helped guide the squad to the Atlantic 10 Tournament each year as well as two championship game appearances. He coached 15 Atlantic 10 All-Conference, 11 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team and four All-Region players in his four years.

Shoemaker also coached at Temple from 2002-05, which included an Atlantic 10 Tournament title and appearance in the NCAA Regional in 2004.  The Owls advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in each of Shoemaker’s four seasons at Temple.

He got his start in college softball as an assistant at Mercer County (N.J.) College from 1991-93.

Shoemaker also brings a wealth of club coaching experience, working with the Blazing Angels fast pitch travel squad from 1990-2000 as an assistant and then head coach and again from 2006-08 as an assistant. While he was a head coach, the squad captured the 2000 ASA 18 and Under National Championship, becoming the first team from the East Coast to do so. All 15 players on that championship squad went on to play college ball, 14 at the Division I level.

Shoemaker also coached at the high school level, helping Archbishop Wood (1998-99) to the 1999 Philadelphia Catholic League title and undefeated season. He also served as head coach at alma mater Neshaminy High School in 2000-01.

Shoemaker also played men’s fast pitch softball for over 20 years (1977-99).