Brian Shearer enters his 11th season as head softball coach at Rose-Hulman and has helped establish the Fightin' Engineers as one of the top programs in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region.
Shearer has coached teams to three league division or regular season titles, highlighted by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2008. His career mark stands at 157-223 as softball coach at Rose-Hulman.
The 2008 squad set school records for victories (25) and winning percentage (.676) to nearly double its win total from an injury plagued 2007 campaign.
Shearer led the Engineers to an improvement of 19 victories in 2004 and the SCAC Eastern Division crown. In 2005, the team finished 11-1 in SCAC East play on their way to back-to-back division titles. Rose-Hulman had a record of 15-5 in SCAC Eastern Division play over its back-to-back 2004 and 2005 championship seasons, including the team's first regional ranking in school history.
During Shearer's tenure, several players have earned SCAC and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recognition for their efforts on the diamond. Twenty-five players have earned all-conference honors in the last seven years, highlighted by five award winners and Pitcher of the Year Jordan Goslee in 2008. The NFCA has awarded seven all-region honors to Rose-Hulman players, including the first two-time honoree in Ashley Montgomery.
Shearer serves as the associate director for recreational sports and athletic facilities in the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center. Prior to Rose-Hulman, Shearer served as the wellness and aquatics director at Seward County Community College (Kan.) for four years. In 1999, He added softball coach to his resume.
As the softball coach at Seward County, Shearer was able to take a newly created program from a last-place finish in his first year to a third-place divisional finish in his second. Today, the program is one of the top teams in the Jayhawk conference.
A Clinton native, Shearer completed his bachelor's degree in Physical Education-Sports Studies at Indiana State University, before earning a master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington. He owns three national certifications and completed an internship with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in 1997.
Brian and his wife, Shellina, and had their first child in 2007.
Karina Barrett enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Rose-Hulman softball program in 2014.
A Garden City, Kan., native, Barrett played two years of varsity softball for the Garden City Community College squad, where she lettered at third base. Barrett received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fort Hays State (Kan.), where she’s currently working on her master’s in the same subject.
Barrett’s coaching experience includes a stint as the assistant coach for the Colby High School (Kan.) squad.
Barrett’s lives in Terre Haute with her husband, Jordan, who serves as the assistant director of recreational sports and athletic facilities, intramurals and club sports at Rose-Hulman’s Sports & Recreation Center. They have a 1-year-old son, Ryker.
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