TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman announced today (July 21) the hiring of Shane Bouman (pronounced ‘baʊ/man) as the Sycamores' head softball coach.
"It is with great joy that we welcome head softball coach Shane Bouman to the Sycamore Athletics coaching staff family," Prettyman said. "Coach Bouman brings a wealth of experience to the table after serving as a head coach at the junior college and NCAA Division I levels, and serving as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. He is passionate about the game of softball and had very positive interactions with our student athletes as well as on and off campus community members during his visit here. We are very excited about the future of our softball program at Indiana State University."
Bouman comes to Indiana State from Iowa Lakes Community College where he spent one successful season. His team finished the season with a 27-12 overall record and advanced to the Region XI Tournament, winning their first contest.
"I want to thank Ron Prettyman and the athletic department for the opportunity to become a Sycamore," Bouman said. "I look forward to creating a winning culture on the field, in the classroom and in the community. My family and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of Indiana State University and Sycamore Athletics."
Prior to his time at Iowa Lakes Community College Bouman served as the pitching coach at the University of Iowa where the Hawkeyes went 109-59 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in two of the three seasons. Bouman enjoyed a successful first season at Iowa in 2008, as the Hawkeye pitchers garnered top-25 national rankings in four categories. The Hawkeye pitching staff finished seventh nationally in team earned run average (1.23) and Brittany Weil finished the season ranked 22nd in individual wins (28) and 23rd in earned run average (1.22). Weil was also a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree, first-team NFCA all-Mideast Region selection, and second team all-Big Ten pick. Amanda Zust finished the season ranked 14th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.87) and 24th in earned run average (1.24).
In his second season at Iowa, Bouman once again guided the pitching staff to national recognition. Iowa's pitchers finished the 2009 season with a 1.38 ERA, which ranked seventh-nationally. In addition, Brittany Weil either broke or tied six school records during her senior campaign, and also tossed five no-hitters, including a perfect game. Bouman guided Weil to Iowa's first ever NFCA National Player of the Week honor, and she was also named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week four times. Bouman coached Weil to NFCA second team all-America honors, first team NFCA all-Midwest Region and first team all-Big Ten honors.
Before coming to Iowa, Bouman served as head coach at South Dakota State University for six seasons. He is the winningest coach in SDSU school history. Bouman also guided nine players to Division I All-Independent teams, seven players to Division I All-Academic teams, and an ESPN Academic All-American honoree. During Bouman's tenure, the Jackrabbits set school records for career home runs, stolen bases, RBI, and sacrifices.
Aside from coaching, Bouman is also an accomplished softball pitcher. He is a four-time Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-American and a two-time North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) All-American.
Bouman led five teams to ASA National Championships and competed in nine International Softball Congress World Tournaments, placing third in 1995, and fifth in both 1996 and 1997.
Bouman graduated from South Dakota State in 1992 and was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Jackrabbit football team. As a quarterback, Bouman earned All-North Central Conference honors in 1991 after leading the Jackrabbits to a 7-3 record. Bouman finished his career with a 100.72 quarterback efficiency rating. His brother, Todd Bouman, is an 13-year veteran quarterback in the NFL who currently is a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bouman in married to wife Amy and daughter, Bradee (12).