Stanton receives award at coaches academy

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Marshall University softball coach Shonda Stanton attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy last week and came home with an award.

The event, now in its 13th year, is a five-day training conference designed to help female NCAA coaches with management, planning and other skill and strategies that coaches need.

As part of the event, two coaches are nominated by their peers at the academy for the Judy Sweet Award. According to a HerdZone release, the award is given to those “whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others’ personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers.”

Along with Quinnipiac rugby coach Becky Carlson, Stanton was presented the 2015 award.

Stanton said the academy is a great opportunity to learn and grow, as well as hear from inspiring speakers.

“I am very thankful to have had this opportunity for growth both professionally and personally at the WCA,” Stanton said in the release. “Executive Director Marlene Bjornsrud and her staff do an incredible job securing relevant topics and speakers that challenge and inspire such growth.”

Judy Sweet is the first female president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was an advocate for Title XI.

Stanton’s 2015 team produced six National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Region honorees as well as a Capitol One All-American, Morgan Zerkle. The team finished 35-15 overall.