Shelly Morris is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Stonehill field hockey program. She has guided the Skyhawks through one of the most successful periods in the program's history, including three trips to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Championships, the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship and 2014 NE-10 Tournament title.
Morris owns a career coaching record of 167-109 (.605), which includes a 100-48 (.676) clip over her seven years at Stonehill. Prior to coming to Easton, she spent six seasons at NCAA Division I Ohio University, posting a 67-61 (.523) mark. Morris has guided her teams to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including four seasons at Stonehill, and three Conference titles.
Morris' teams have also performed well on the conference level, winning 65-percent (92-49) of her games in conference play over her career. In her seven seasons at Stonehill, the Skyhawks are 56-23 (.709) in Northeast-10 play, including an 18-2 (.900) clip over the 2009 and 2010 seasons - capturing the 2009 NE-10 Regular Season Championship with a 9-1 mark. Morris also guided the Skyhawks to the 2014 NE-10 Tournament championship on its way to a third trip to the NCAA Divisio n II National Semifinals.
Morris has coached 19 All-Americans and 23 All-Northeast-10 Conference selections over her seven seasons at Stonehill. Senior Emily Sideris became the program's first three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American this past fall and two-time All-America selection Erika Kelly was named the NFHCA East Region Player of the Year this past fall as well. Morris produced a program-record four All-Americans in 2010 and Kelly led Division II with a program and Northeast-10 record 38 goals in 2013 and an NE-10 record matching 78 points. Her 1.81 goals per game is a new Division II record, while her 3.71 points per game also led the country and her point total shared the Division II lead. She finished just two goals shy of the NCAA Division II record of 40 by Jamie Vanartsdalen of Bloomsburg (Pa.) University in 2008.
Morris has seen three of her players named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year accolades and two named Rookie of the Year. Morris has been recognized by her peers with Coach of the Year honors for both the NE-10 and North Region by the NFHCA in 2009.
Morris' student-athletes also perform in the classroom with four Capital One Academic All-District I at large picks, including 2014 Capital One Academic All-American Devin Ingersoll, who was also named the NE-10 Sport Excellence Award winner in 2013. The Skyhawks also received the 2012 NE-10 Team Excellence Award for academic performance.
A former standout at Northeastern University, she brings a wealth of experience to the position, having served as the head coach of Ohio University for six seasons, where she led the Bobcats to the Mid-American Conference title and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2001.
During her time in Athens, Morris compiled a 67-61 overall record, while guiding Ohio to four appearances in the MAC Tournament Championship game. In the 2001 season, she won both the regular season and tournament titles, and posted the second most wins in a single season in program history (16). For her efforts she was named West Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The accolades rolled in for her players as well, as three were named All-MAC first-team honorees, three others earned All-MAC second-team awards and another, Ali Johnstone, was named the MAC Player of the Year.
During her first season as head coach, she led upset wins over perennial conference powerhouses Kent State and Ball State. The 3-2 win over the Cardinals on October 15th ended Ball State's 64-game MAC winning streak.
In her second season, Morris guided Ohio to the MAC Championship Game for the first time since 1987, compiling a 10-10 overall record and finishing second in the Conference. It was the Bobcats' highest finish in conference play since 1993 and marked the first time in school history Ohio had back-to-back winning conference records.
Prior to being named head coach of the Bobcats, she spent two years (1997-99) as an assistant with the program and another as an assistant at her alma mater (1994-95).
A 1994 cum laude graduate of Northeastern with a degree in recreation and sports management, Morris served as captain of the 1992 squad and was named a Northeast Region All-American. She still ranks fifth on the school's all-time assists list (37).
|2001||16-5||.762||9-1||.900||NCAA Tournament, MAC Champions|
|Total||67-61||.523||36-26||.581||1 NCAA Tournament, 1 MAC Championship|
|2009||17-5||.773||9-1||.900||NCAA Semifinalists, NE-10 Regular Season Champion, NE-10 Tournament Runner Up|
|2010||16-7||.696||9-1||.900||NCAA Semifinalists, NE-10 Tournament Runners Up|
|2011||10-10||.500||4-6||.400||NE-10 Tournament Semifinalists|
|2013||18-4||.818||8-2||.800||NCAA Tournament, NE-10 Tournament Runners Up|
|2014||17-4||.810||9-2||.818||NCAA Semifinalists, NE-10 Tournament Champions|
|Total||100-48||.676||56-23||.709||4 NCAA Tournaments, 1 NE-10 Regular Season Championship, 1 NE-10 Tournament Championship, 7 NE-10 Tournaments, 3 NE-10 Tournament Runner Ups|