JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 24, 2003) -- East Tennessee State softball coach Amy Fuller announced that Christina Shanko has been added to the Buccaneers coaching staff for the 2003-04 academic season.
Shanko, a former right-handed pitcher with Seton Hall and native of Delmont, Pa., will replace Jennifer Herzig as the team's new graduate assistant coach. Herzig earned her master's degree from ETSU last May.
"I am really excited about having Christina join the ETSU softball staff," said Fuller. "She brings a wealth of playing and pitching experience with her, and I know that she is going to make a positive impact on the program immediately."
Shanko earned Seton Hall's Rookie of the Year honor in 1999 and capped off her career by being named the Senior Female Co-Athlete of the Year in 2003.
During her senior campaign, Shanko led Seton Hall to a 37-13 regular season record, which was second best in school history, while her record of 20-3 on the mound last season tied a school mark for wins. She also led the team in complete games (23) and shutouts (7) en route to being named Second Team All-Big East.
With 55 career victories, Shanko is the all-time leader in wins at Seton Hall. She also finished her four-year career with the Pirates ranked second in appearances (102) and strikeouts (481). In 2000, Shanko compiled a 1.01 ERA which was 17th in the nation that year and is the best by any Seton Hall pitcher.
Recently, Shanko earned honorable mention on the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I All Star Team. Shanko's summer team, the Pittsburgh Pride, also captured the 23 & under Pennsylvania State Championship in which Shanko hurled a no-hitter in the championship game.
A four-time Big East Pitcher of the Week award winner, Shanko was named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District II Division Second Team and was a four-year member of the Big East All-Academic Team.
Shanko has helped teach the game of softball to a variety of age groups including in her hometown of Delmont,where she was a camp coordinator and assistant coach for 18U Fastpitch, focusing on pitching instruction and team-building concepts.
Shanko graduated from Seton Hall on May 12, 2003, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Criminal Justice.