The winningest coach in Sewanee athletic history, 2015-16 marks Conchie Shackelford’s 30th season at the helm of the Sewanee women’s tennis program. 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.
Holding a career record (29 seasons; 1987-2015) of 509-186, she has had 29 straight winning seasons—more than any other women's coach in school history. Shackelford has had 15 straight years with a top-15 national ranking (1988-2002; No. 4 in 1990; 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.
Shackelford has coached 43 All-Americans, two National Champions (doubles), 35 National Scholar- Athletes, three National Senior Players of the Year, and one National Freshman Player of the Year.
Her players have earned four WIAC championships, two SCAC, and three 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).
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, North Carolina, 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 (23) Sadie (21), Michaela (19), and Tessa (13).
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.
Career Record - 509-186 record (29 straight winning seasons)
- 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 (1) singles, Gab Carvalho (4) singles and (1) doubles, Laura Fanjoy (1) singles and (1) doubles, Jenny Liles (1) singles and (1) doubles, Bronte Goodhue (3) singles and (2) doubles, Lindsey Liles (1) singles and (3) doubles.
- 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 (1)
- South Region Rookies of the Year: Kristen Ialacci, Lauren Willett, Gab Carvalho, Jenny Liles.
- South Region Players to Watch: Kristen Ialacci, Mary Missbach, Kathy North, Bronte Goodhue
- ITA South Atlantic Region Most Improved Player: Bronte Goodhue 2015
- South Region Senior Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer, Kristen Ialacci, Jenny Coleman, Mary Missbach, Kathy North, Gabriela Carvalho.
- South Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award: Mary Missbach, Jordan Casey, Bronte Goodhue, Lindsey Liles
- National Senior Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer 1993.
- National Senor Player of the Year: Gabriela Carvalho 2008.
- National Senior Player of the Year: Mary Missbach 2000.
- National Rookie of the Year: Gab Carvalho 2005.
- ITA Post-graduate Scholarship: Cameron Tyer.
- SCAC Player of the Year: Cameron Tyer 1992, Gabriela Carvalho 2008.
- SAA Player of the Year: Bronte Goodhue 2013, 2014, 2015.
- SAA Woman of the Year: Jenny Liles 2013, Bronte Goodhue 2015.
- NCAA Post Grad: Jordan Casey 2009, Jenny Liles 2013, Bronte Goodhue 2015.
- CoSIDA Academic All American: Jordan Casey 2009, Jenny Liles 2013.
- SCAC/SAA Coach of the Year: 1992; 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015.
- ITA Atlantic South Coach of the Year: 2001, 2006, 2014.
- ITA All-Academic Teams: 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- NCAA Elite 89 Award: Lindsey Liles 2015
- Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame Selections:
- Teams (1990, 1999) – Individuals (Cameron Tyer, Ellen Gray Maybank, Kristen Ialacci Crane, Linnie Wheeless, Mary Missbach Dressler)
- Member of the NCAA Atlantic South Regional Committee: 1999-2004, 2014-2018.
- Member of the ITA Atlantic South Regional Committee: 1989-1993.
- ITA Atlantic South Awards Chair: 2001-2007.
- ITA Atlantic South Awards Committee: 2008-2010.