The best coach in Sewanee women's tennis history, Conchie Shackelford is in her 18th season at Sewanee (2003-04). Her career record (17 seasons; 1987-2003) is 291-116 (71.5%).
For Shackelford, the numbers are impressive:
° 17 straight winning seasons—more than any other women's coach in school history
° 15 straight years of a top 15 national ranking(1988-2002; No. 4 in 1990
° Sewanee ranks fourth in consecutive years to the NCAA tournament (12) and sixth in total tournament appearances (14).
° 18 All-Americans
° 2 National Champions (doubles)
° 7 National Scholar Athletes
° 2 National Senior Players of the Year
° 2 WIAC championships, 1987-89
° 1 SCAC championship
Shackelford has coached 18 All-Americans in the past 17 years; more All-Americans than in any other Sewanee women's sport.
1989:Ellen Maybank in singles
Ellen Maybank/Katy Morrissey in doubles
1993: Linnie Wheeless and Kristen Ialacci were 1993 ITA Rolex National Doubles Champions.
1991-92-93: Becky Jo Doncaster
1990-91-92-93 Cameron Tyre (Wilkins Scholar); Sewanee's first four-time All-American in any sport
1999: Mary Missbach in singles
Mary Missbach and Sarah Cameron in doubles
°2000: Mary Missbach in singles
ITA National Senior Player-of-the-Year.
° 1993: Cameron Tyer
° 2000 Mary Missbach
Cameron Tyer (1990-91-92-93)
° 2001 ITA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
° 1992 SCAC Coach-of-the-Year
She has also served on both the NCAA South Region Committee and the ITA South Committee since 1995.
John Shackelford, Conchie's husband, is in his 19th year as the Sewanee men's tennis coach. His career record is 283-165 (63.2%).
Conchie Shackelford 18 years 291-116 (71.5%)
John Shackelford 19 years 283-165 (63.2%)
°°Total 37 years 574-281 (67.1%) Together, the Shackelford's have produced:
° 31 All-Americans
° 71 All-SCAC Players
° 10 Conference Team Championships
° CAC (5), WIAC (2), SCAC (3)
° 3 National Senior Players of the Year
° 2 SCAC Players of the Year
° 9 ITA National Scholar Athletes
° 3 SCAC Coach of the Year Awards
° 1 ITA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year Award.
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Conchie earned her bachelor's degree in 1982 from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, majoring in business. She played varsity tennis at Jacksonville High School and UNC-Wilmington.
She and John have four children; Avery, 11, Sadie, 10, and Michaela, 8 and Tessa, 2.
Shackelford’s guiding philosophy has been to combine hard work and fun with each student’s educational experience.
“Our girl’s 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.’’