Head Coach Shane Bouman enters his fourth season as head softball coach at Indiana State.
In his first three season's at the helm of the Sycamore program, Bouman has helped to change the culture of the program and set winning expectations. During the 2013-14 season, Bouman led the Sycamores to their first winning season in 22 years and the third most wins in school history. The skipper has also coached four players to All-MVC honors in Lindsey Beisser, Shelby Wilson, Morgan Allee and Erika Crissman.
In his three seasons, Bouman's teams have also had an assault on the Sycamore record book as in his three seasons, his teams have broken 10 school records as a team and six individual season records and two individual career records.
Bouman comes to Indiana State from Iowa Lakes Community College where he spent one successful season. His team finished with a 27-12 overall record and advanced to the Region XI Tournament, winning its first contest.
Prior to his stint at Iowa Lakes Community College, Bouman served as the pitching coach at the University of Iowa for three seasons where the Hawkeyes went 109-59 and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Bouman’s success at Iowa came early. In 2008, his first season as pitching coach, the Hawkeye pitchers garnered top-25 national rankings in four categories: 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. Current Indiana State assistant coach 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, 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 and went on to earn NFCA second team all-America honors, first team NFCA all-Midwest Region and first team all-Big Ten honors.
Bouman previously served as head coach at South Dakota State University for six seasons and is the winningest coach in SDSU school history. Bouman guided nine players to Division I All-Independent teams, seven players to Division I All-Academic teams, and garnered 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, played several years at quarterback in the NFL.
Bouman is married to the former Amy Goodrich and has a daughter, Bradee (13), and a toddler son, Baylor.