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MU softball head coach achieves milestone wins mark with 500th victory

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The Marshall University softball team has had a lot of success over the past few years and head coach Shonda Stanton is one of the primary reasons.

Now in her 17th season as Marshall softball’s coach, Stanton picked up her 500th career win with the program in last weekend’s series against the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I think the fun thing about reaching a millstone is you all stay in touch and you hear from people you haven’t heard from in a while,” Stanton said.

Stanton’s impact has extended beyond the program itself, as her influence has resonated with her players as individuals.

“She has taught me a lot from the day I came in as a freshman to now as a senior,” senior infielder Katalin Lucas said. “You can tell she knows the game very well.”

Stanton said she has a steadfast commitment to the game and said it’s that mindset that has brought consistent success to the program.

“I’ve never walked in any limitations,” Stanton said. “I have always felt like ‘let’s stick to the process and enjoy the journey and commit to winning each day.’”

Stanton said it’s difficult sometimes, however, as a coach to stop and appreciate how well the team is playing because of the focus that is put on the next game.

“The most challenging part is taking time to enjoy the journey,” Stanton said. “I think early on in my career I focused on winning and losing too much.”

Stanton has abided by her words according to Lucas, who said one her coach’s best qualities is the encouragement she provides to the players.

“She motivates us by talking scouting reports,” Lucas said. “She is just trying to be positive for us and that helps the players out a lot.”

Stanton said she expects her players in return to be dedicated and have a passion for the game.

“We want the players to have self-discipline,” Stanton said. “We want them to love to play, and we ask them to bring their best every game.”

Coach Stanton and the team will be back on the diamond 2 p.m. Saturday when it takes on the University of North Texas on the road.

Christian Hisman can be contacted at [email protected]

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