The winningest coach in Sewanee athletic history, Conchie Shackelford enters her 33rd season at the helm of the Sewanee women’s tennis program in 2018-19.
Holding a career record of 572-203, she has had 32 straight winning seasons—more than any other women's coach in school history. In her tenure, Shackelford has led Sewanee to 12 conference championships and 25 NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 2018 season saw the program win 22 contests for the fourth time in program history, en route to their sixth consecutive SAA Regular Season and Tournament Championship. Making the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight time, Sewanee earned its 25th appearance in the Championships. Hosting the ITA Indoor National Championships for the second straight season, earned fifth place honors at the national event. The Tigers finished the regular season 12th nationally.
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.
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, and she has also been the ITA Atlantic South Awards Chair. She currently serves as the chairperson of the NCAA Atlantic South Region Committee (2015-19).
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 successes 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
Year -- Overall W-L Record -- Conference W-L Record --Notes
|1987||Sewanee||13-9||.591||Conference Tournament Champions|
|1989||Sewanee||22-4||.846||Conf. Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|1990||Sewanee||20-5||.800||Conf. Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|1991||Sewanee||16-7||.696||Conf. Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|1997||Sewanee||18-8||.692||SCAC Tourney Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2007||Sewanee||23-2||.920||SCAC Tourney Champs, NCAA Tournament, 3rd Place (highest mark ever)|
|2013||Sewanee||19-6||.760||6-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2014||Sewanee||21-4||.840||7-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2015||Sewanee||19-6||.760||5-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2016||Sewanee||22-6||.786||7-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2017||Sewanee||19-6||.760||7-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|2018||Sewanee||22-5||.815||6-0||1.000||SAA Regular Season, Tournament Champs, NCAA Tournament|
|Total||32 Years||572-203||.738||38-0||1.000||12 Conference Tourney Championships, 25 Appearances in NCAA Tournament|
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