Shelli Manson is in her sixth season (2019-20) as Head Softball Coach at Wayne State College. She was introduced as the 13th coach in the program's 45-year history on August 25, 2014 and serves as hitting coach while also working with infielders. In her five seasons at Wayne State, Manson has coached the Wildcats to records of 103-147 (.412) overall and 60-82 (.422) in the NSIC.
Under Manson in 2019, the Wildcats posted records of 15-32 overall and 6-24 in the NSIC, which included a 7-1 record on the team's annual spring break trip to Florida. Seniors Taylor Menard and Emily Chandler both received Second Team All NSIC honors with Chandler becoming Wayne State's all time RBI leader with a two-run homer at Minnesota Crookston in her final collegiate game.
In 2018, WSC was 16-29 and placed 11th in the NSIC with a 10-16 league mark. Junior first baseman Emily Chandler was a First Team All-NSIC selection with senior catcher Katelyn Wobken named Second Team All-NSIC along with NSIC Gold Glove honors. The team also excelled in the classroom earning the NFCA Easton Scholar Athlete Team Award with a stellar team grade point average of 3.624 that ranked 12th in NCAA Division II.
The Wildcats were 11-39 overall and 5-21 in the NSIC during the 2017 season. WSC had three players earn All-NSIC honors as seniors Melanie and Monique Alyea were First Team selections while junior catcher Katelyn Wobken was Second Team.
Manson guided the Wildcats to a 27-26 record in the 2016 season, finishing fifth in the NSIC with a 21-9 league mark. It was a school record 10th consecutive winning season for WSC softball. After starting the season 5-15, WSC won 20 of the next 25 games and was in first place in the NSIC entering the final week of the regular season.
Under Manson, the 2016 Wildcats set a new school record for hits in a season (490) while ranking second in runs scored (280), batting average (.323) and runs batted in (247).
Manson coached the Wildcats to a 34-21 record in 2015, her first campaign at Wayne State. WSC finished tied for fifth in the NSIC with an 18-12 league mark. As a team, the Wildcats set a new school record for hits in a season (487) while scoring the second most runs in a single season with 267. WSC tied a school record with 80 doubles and recorded the third-best team batting average in a single season (.315) in Manson's first year as Wildcat head coach.
Before arriving at Wayne State, Manson spent five seasons as head coach at NCAA Division III Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She inherited a program that was last place in the conference and elevated the team to a second place league finish in 2013 and fourth place in 2014. Her record at Westminster College was 59-93 overall and 40-44 in conference play.
Before being named head coach at Westminster, Manson served three seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Louisiana Tech where she helped the team win the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Tournament championship in 2008.
Manson was also a graduate assistant coach at Defiance College in Ohio from 2004-06 where she obtained her master's degree in sports science track. She received her bachelor degree from Muskingum College in Ohio where she was a standout player from 1999-2002. Manson played on the 2001 NCAA Division III national championship team and was an All-Central Region Third Team outfielder at Muskingum.