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Scott Shepperd
Scott  Shepperd

Position:
Volunteer Assistant

At Rice:
Fifth Season


03/23/2017

Owls Return Home To Host FIU

C-USA Weekend Series After Five-Straight Road Games

03/20/2017

Owls Conclude Road Swing At Texas A&M

Rice Baseball Returns Home To Host FIU In Weekend Set

03/16/2017

Schedule Changes Announced For ODU Series

Owls Open C-USA Action Friday With Double-Header At Old Dominion

03/13/2017

Owls Host Sam Houston Tuesday Night

Final Game of Homestand Before Playing Five-Straight On The Road

03/08/2017

Rice Hosts No. 11 Stanford For Four Games

Owls Have Five-Game Homestand Before Long Road Swing

Scott Shepperd is in his fifth season with the coaching staff after joining 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.

A native of Austin, Texas, Shepperd works with the hitters and outfielders, and he assists with the Owl catchers. On game day he coaches at first base.

Shepperd 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.

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.

He 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 have two children, Marlene Jane, and Michael Scott, III (who goes by the name “Tripp”).


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