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18  Scott Shepperd
Scott Shepperd

Position:
Volunteer Assistant

At Rice:
Second Season


05/29/2014

Owls Open Regional Play Friday vs. George Mason

Start Time Set For 6:30 PM At Reckling Park

05/21/2014

Baseball Plays FIU Wednesday at C-USA Championship

Owls Are No. 1 Seed; Start Time vs Panthers Set for 12:30 PM

05/13/2014

Rice Meets Houston Tuesday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land

First Pitch Scheduled For 6:30 PM; Owls Host LA Tech Thursday Night

05/09/2014

Baseball Team Opens C-USA Weekend Series Friday at UTSA

Friday's First Pitch vs. Roadrunners Set For 6 PM

05/06/2014

Focused On The Finish; Owls Return To Action Wednesday Night vs. HBU

Start Time Set For 6:30 PM At Reckling Park

Scott Shepperd is in his second season wih the Owls coaching staff after joing the program as a volunteer in 2013. In addition to a host of on-field coaching duties, he serves as the administrator of the Owls' popular Youth Baseball Camps.

Shepherd previously served five seasons as a coach at his alma mater, Concordia University in Austin, where he was a four-year baseball letterman. At Concordia his main responsibility was as the team's hitting coach. He also worked with the infielders and catchers and was the summer camp coordinator.

Shepperd was a member of Concordia's American Southwest Conference West Division Coaching Staff of the Year, as the Tornados were also ranked as high as fourth nationally during the season and finished with a school-record 37 victories (in the program's NCAA Division III era). All of the regular starting infielders and catcher that Sheppard mentored garnered all-conference postseason honors while leading the Tornados to their second-straight ASC Tournament crown and NCAA West Regional appearance.

All in all, Shepperd has mentored one D3Baseball.com All-American, one All-West Region selection, two ASC West Division Players of the Year, one ASC West Division Freshman of the Year, four All-ASC First Team selection and seven student-athletes who have been honorably mentioned for All-ASC laurels.

Prior to coaching to Concordia, Shepperd served as an assistant at Sam Houston State University under head coach Mark Johnson during the 2007-08 academic year. In this position, he helped with the training and development of the infielders, catchers and hitters while also assisting with the playing surface of Don Sanders Stadium. With Shepperd on the staff the Bearkats squad won the Southland Conference Championship and made a second straight NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

Shepperd started his coaching career at Concordia as a volunteer assistant coach. He served as the first base coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant hitting coach for the 2007 season. He also gained coaching experience as an assistant on the Anchorage Bucs staff in the Alaskan League during the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Before beginning his coaching career, Shepperd lettered with the Tornados for four years (2003-06) as a catcher and was also a player-coach during his junior and senior seasons. He helped the squad advance to the ASC Tournament every year during his playing career. The Tornados posted a 103-62 record and were co-West Division regular-season champions in 2004.

Shepperd, an Austin native, comes from a coaching family. His grandfather, Cliff Gustafson, was the former winningest coach in Division I baseball history, registering a 1,427-373-2 ledger over 29 seasons (1968-96) at the University of Texas, and is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame.

Shepperd earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Concordia in 2007 and is nearing the completion of a master's degree in education. He is married to the former Vanessa Van Hook of Brenham, Texas. The couple is expecting their first child in 2014.

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