Shannon Salsburg was named Head Softball Coach at Monmouth in September 2015. Most recently, Salsburg was the Head Coach at Bowling Green State University for the prior nine years and was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 2012.
In Salsburg's first season at Monmouth in 2016, the Hawks returned to the MAAC Tournament Championship Round and posted a 29-21 record. Six Hawks were named to the All-Conference Teams, while six also earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors. Under Salsburg's tutelage, the Hawks set new program single-season records both in the batter's box (41 home runs) and in the circle (249 strikeouts). Jill Freese also capped her career with 14 home runs and 47 RBI's, both good for second in program single-season history. In the circle, Amanda Riley set a new program single-season record with five saves, while the sophomore hurler also matched the program single-season mark with 167 strikeouts.
Salsburg's teams posted a 196-232-1 overall record during her nine years as head coach at BGSU, including a 92-98 mark in MAC regular season competition. She was the longest-tenured coach in program history, and is also second in wins in BGSU softball annals.
The Navarre, Ohio, native coached nine All-MAC First Team honorees, nine Second Team selections and nine Freshman Team picks. Two of her student-athletes earned MAC Freshman of the Year, while two more of her players were named to the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Team. Salsburg’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom in her time at Bowling Green, as two were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, four earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and 17 were honored as Academic All-MAC, including seven in 2015.
2012 was arguably Salsburg’s most impressive season at Bowling Green. The Falcons posted a 36-22 overall record, going 15-7 in MAC play. The 2012 team tripled the overall win total from the previous season, and fell just one win short of the school single-season record. The 24-game improvement from the previous season was the largest in the country. BGSU finished second in the East Division that spring, and earned the third seed in the MAC Tournament. Not surprisingly, Salsburg was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2012, becoming only the fourth coach in the history of the program to win the award, and the first since 2001.
Salsburg has never shied away from putting together a difficult non-conference schedule, including multiple games against national powers. Along with typically scheduling some of the toughest teams in the country, Salsburg’s teams have displayed a strong power-hitting ability. She was the only head coach in BGSU history to coach her team to 30-plus home runs in a season, peaking with 47 in 2008. She was also the only coach to have her team reach 30-plus homers in consecutive seasons (35 in 2007 and 47 in 2008). Her 2010 team again broke the 30-homer barrier with 31.
In 2007, her first season at the helm of the Falcons, she posted a 33-12 season record, good for a .733 winning percentage, the best winning percentage and the fourth most wins in BGSU softball history. The 2007 Falcons shattered the school single-season record by blasting 47 homers, with BGSU also recording a program-best .449 slugging percentage.
Salsburg was named the seventh head coach in the history of Bowling Green Softball on Sept. 25, 2006, after spending the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the staff at Kent State University. While with the Golden Flashes, she helped the team to the MAC East Division title and the MAC Tournament crown in 2006. Salsburg and KSU shattered the school and MAC record for home runs in 2006, ranking 13th in the nation with 54 round-trippers.
KSU had an overall record of 33-24 and a league mark of 16-5 in 2006. The Golden Flashes qualified for the MAC Tournament in each of Salsburg’s two seasons in Kent.
Prior to her two seasons at KSU, Salsburg served three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks post two of the top three batting averages in school history during her time in Fayetteville. Arkansas advanced to the Southeastern Conference Tournament as well as NCAA Regional play in 2002. UA set school single-season records in batting average, homers, slugging percentage and on-base pct. during Salsburg’s tenure.
In addition to KSU, Salsburg spent one season (2001) as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo, and began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Akron, helping the Zips advance to the MAC Tournament in both years there (1999 and 2000).
Salsburg is a 1998 graduate of Penn State University, where she was a four-year starter at first base. She captained the Nittany Lions in three of those seasons, and established the school career record for home runs (34) that stood until 2013. She remains Penn State’s career leader in runs batted in (118) and walks (99). A two-time All-Big Ten selection, she earned All-Great Lakes Region First-Team honors in 1995.
Salsburg received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 1998, and earned her master’s degree from Akron in 2000. She and her spouse, Michelle Fagnant, have two children - daughter, Anna, and son, Brooks.