The winningest coach in Sewanee athletic history, Conchie Shackelford’s enters her 32nd season at the helm of the Sewanee women’s tennis program in 2017-18.
In 2016 and 2017, Shackelford led the Purple and Gold to their fourth and fifth SAA regular season and tournament championships. During the 2017 season, the Tigers, after participating in the ITA Indoor National Championships the previous two years, hosted the 2017 indoor championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
In 2015, the Tigers won their third straight SAA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championships after an exciting 5-4 win over #11 Washington University. Three-time SAA Player of the Year senior Bronte Goodhue and junior Lindsey Liles reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA doubles championships and were named to the All-American team once again. Shackelford was named SAA Coach of the Year for the third straight season.
In five seasons in the Southern Athletic Association, Shackelford has won five SAA Regular Season and Tournament Championships, going 32-0 inside conference play.
Holding a career record of 550-198, she has had 31 straight winning seasons—more than any other women's coach in school history.
Shackelford has produced 15 straight years with a top-15 national ranking (1988-2002). The Tigers returned to the top-15 in 2005, finishing 13th, and stayed until the end of the 2007 season.
Shackelford helped guide the team back to the top-15 nationally in 2013, finishing at No. 15. After finishing 20th in 2014, the Tigers finished 12th nationally in 2015, and has stayed inside the top-15 into 2016 with a No. 13 ranking.
Under Shackelford's leadership, she has led the team to nine top-10 rankings: No. 6 in 1989, No. 4 in 1990, No. 9 in 1992, No. 6 in 1993, No. 7 in 1994 and 1999, No. 9 in 2000, No. 6 in 2006 and No. 3 in 2007.
The 2007 Tigers finished third in the nation at the NCAA Championships, the highest national finish of any Sewanee team on record. They also won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a win over national powerhouse DePauw University. Shackelford was tabbed the SCAC Coach of the Year in 2007.
She has produced 21 nationally-ranked singles players, recording at least one nationally-ranked player in 30 of her 31 years on the Domain. On the doubles side, she has totaled 20 nationally-ranked doubles teams.
Shackelford has coached 43 All-Americans, two National Champions (doubles), 35 National Scholar-Athletes, four National Senior Players of the Year, and one National Freshman Player of the Year.
Her players have earned four WIAC championships, two SCAC and five SAA Championships. With that, Shackelford has been selected as the SCAC (1992 and 2007) and SAA Coach of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015) five times and the ITA Atlantic South Coach of the Year three times (2001, 2006, 2014).
Under her leadership, she has helped two student-athletes as nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year: Jenny Liles in 2013 and Bronte Goodhue in 2015. These two ladies were named finalists after winning SAA Woman the Year honors.
Additionally, she has served on both the NCAA Atlantic South Region Committee and the ITA Atlantic South Region Committee, from 1995-2008, and has also been the ITA Atlantic South Awards Chair.
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Shackelford earned her bachelor's degree in business in 1982 from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She was a Division I player at UNC-Wilmington, receiving a tennis scholarship after a stellar career at Jacksonville (N.C.) High School.
She and her husband John live in Sewanee and have four children, Avery, Sadie, Michaela, and Tessa.
Shackelford’s guiding philosophy has been to combine hard work and fun with each student’s educational experience. “Our girls are committed to our success, balancing the fun and companionship of competing in intercollegiate athletics with the dedication necessary to compete at the highest level of Division III competition while working toward a world class education. I am most proud of the variety of success’s members of our team have found. They are active in contributing to the many facets of campus life and their community,’’ she adds.
The Conchie File - 550-198 record (31 straight winning seasons)
Year -- Overall W-L Record -- Conference W-L Record --Notes
|2007||Sewanee||23||2||0.920||NCAA Tournament, 3rd Place (highest mark ever)|
|2013||Sewanee||19||6||0.760||6||0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2014||Sewanee||21||4||0.840||7||0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2015||Sewanee||19||6||0.760||5||0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2016||Sewanee||22||6||0.786||7||0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2017||Sewanee||19||6||0.760||7||0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
- ITA All-Americans: Katy Morrisey (2) doubles, Ellen Gray Maybank (2) singles and (2)doubles, Cameron Tyer (4) singles and (3)doubles, Becky Jo Doncaster (3) doubles, Sara Cameron (1) doubles, Mary Missbach(2) singles and (1) doubles; Kathy North singles (1);Gab Carvalho singles(4) and (1) doubles; Laura Fanjoy (1) doubles and (1) singles; Jenny Liles (1) singles and (1) doubles; Lindsey Liles (4) doubles and (2) singles; Bronte Goodhue (3) singles and (2 )doubles; Clementina Davila (1) doubles
- ITA Atlantic South Region Rookies of the Year: Kristen Ialacci, Lauren Willett (2004), Gab Carvalho (2005), Jenny Liles (2010)
- ITA Atlantic South Region Players to Watch: Kristen Ialacci, Mary Missbach, Kathy North, Bronte Goodhue (2014), Clementina Davila (2017)
- ITA Atlantic South Region Most Improved Player: Bronte Goodhue (2015)
- ITA Atlantic South Region Senior Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer, Kristen Ialacci, Jenny Coleman, Mary Missbach, Kathy North (2002), Gabriela Carvalho (2008)
- ITA Atlantic South Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award: Mary Missbach, Jordan Casey (2009), Bronte Goodhue (2014), Lindsey Liles (2015)
- ITA National Senior Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer (1993), Gabriela Carvalho (2008), Mary Missbach (2000), Lindsey Liles (2016)
- National Rookie of the Year: Gab Carvalho (2005).
- ITA All-Academic Teams: 11 (1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- ITA Academic All-Americans: Peggy Hodgkins (2), Helen Boehm (2), Elizabeth Irwin (2), Molly Cannon(2), Molly and Lauren Willett (4), Jordan Casey(4), MK Stone(1), Derry Roberson (2), Jenny Liles (4), Meredith Lawrence (4), Julia Wood (1), Bronte Goodhue (4), Lindsey Liles (3), Clementina Davila (2)
- NCAA Elite 89 Award: Lindsey Liles (2015)
- ITA Post-graduate Scholarship: Cameron Tyer
- NCAA Post Graduate Honors: Jordan Casey (2009), Jenny Liles (2013), Bronte Goodhue (2015), Lindsey Liles (2016)
- CoSIDA Academic All American: Jordan Casey (2009), Jenny Liles (2013), Lindsey Liles (2016)
- SCAC Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer (1992; Co-Player), Gabriela Carvalho (2008)
- SAA Player of the Year: Bronte Goodhue (2013, 2014, 2015), Lindsey Liles (2016)
- SAA Newcomer of the Year: Lindsey Liles (2013), Ellie Czura (2017)
- SAA Woman of the Year: Jenny Liles (2013), Bronte Goodhue (2015)
Coach of the Year Honors:
- Southern Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year: 2 (1992, 2007)
- Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year: 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
- ITA Atlantic South Coach of the Year: 3 (2001, 2006, 2014)
Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame Selections:
- Teams (1990, 1999, 2007)
- Cameron Tyer C'93 (2004)
- Ellen Gray Maybank C'90 (2007)
- Kristen Ialacci Crane C'96 (2008)
- Linnie Wheeless C'95 (2008)
- Mary Missbach Dressler C'00 (2010)
- Member of the NCAA Atlantic South Regional Committee: 1999-2004, 2014-2019.
- Member of the ITA Atlantic South Regional Committee: 1989-1993.
- ITA Atlantic South Awards Chair: 2001-2007.
- ITA Atlantic South Awards Committee: 2008-2010.