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Jake ShellenbergerHead Coach
College: Shippensburg ('05)
Start Date: 8/10/2009
Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced the hiring of Jake Shellenberger as the department's first-ever head women's swimming coach on July 29, 2009. Since that time, Shellenberger has set about building the Lady Flames into a strong contender in the pool.
After placing sixth out of 13 teams as a first-year program in the 2011 CCSA Championships, Liberty took second place during the 2012 conference meet, bringing team and individual accolades. Shellenberger was named 2012 CCSA Coach of the Year for guiding the Lady Flames to a four-place improvement over the previous season, while Brye Ravettine earned CCSA Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet honors.
During Liberty's first two years as a program, the team already has an All-American, as Ravettine placed 13th in the 50 free at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. The Lady Flames also have won three individual events at the CCSA Championships while fielding 10 individual conference medal-winning swims. Liberty's 200 free relay and 400 free relay hold the CCSA records and both registered NCAA B cuts at the 2012 conference meet.
Ravettine has been listed on the Mid-Major All-America list by CollegeSwimming.com each of the last two seasons, while Cori Gary was named to the honorable mention team in 2012. In addition, the 2011-12 recruiting class received mention on CollegeSwimming.com.
The Lady Flames have also competed on the national stage, including USA Swimming Nationals and Winter Nationals, in addition to the Olympic Trials. Ravettine placed 17th in the 50-meter free at the 2011 USA Swimming Winter National Championships, qualifying her for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Liberty went 12-2 during the 2011-12 regular season, including 9-1 against CCSA opponents. At the conference meet, Ravettine won the 50 free in a CCSA-record 22.19, in addition to the 100 free, while Bethany Wakeley won the 100 fly. Freshman Gary registered an NCAA B cut in the 50 free at the 2012 conference meet. The Lady Flames swept the 200 free relay and 400 free relays as well.
The 2010-11 campaign saw redshirt freshman Ravettine earn CCSA Co-Freshman of the Meet accolades, as she placed second in both the 50 and 100 free and scored in several relays at the CCSA Championships. Liberty's 200 and 400 freestyle relays both placed third at the conference meet.
Ravettine earned a USA Swimming Nationals cut in the 50 free, while Wakeley qualified for USA Nationals in the 100 fly. Ravettine, Wakeley, Sarah McCorkle and Emily Mudd competed in the 400-meter freestyle relay in the USA Swimming National meet in August 2011.
Prior to joining the Liberty staff, Shellenberger served as an assistant coach on Penn State's men's and women's swimming and diving coaching staff. During his three-year stint with the Nittany Lions, Shellenberger worked primarily with Penn State's male and female sprinters.
While at Penn State, Shellenberger instructed 15 NCAA qualifiers, 13 school record holders, eight NCAA All-America honorable-mention performers, two Olympic Trials finalists, two NCAA All-Americans and the Nittany Lions' first-ever individual national champion (Pat Schirk/2008 national champion in the men's 200 backstroke).
Besides writing and directing Penn State's dryland and yearly plyometric and strength programs, Shellenberger focused on the Nittany Lions' recruiting efforts. His first recruiting class at Penn State was ranked No. 21 nationally by CollegeSwimming.com, while his second was listed at No. 15.
During the summer of 2007, Shellenberger served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona, where he worked under Arizona head coach and USA Olympic coach Frank Busch and Rick DeMont, the Wildcats' world-renowned sprint coach.
Prior to his days at Penn State and Arizona, Shellenberger got his collegiate coaching start as the head women's swimming coach at Millersville University in 2006. He also gained valuable coaching experience as an assistant coach under Pete Clark at the Trident Swim Club in Lancaster, Pa., and as an assistant coach under Donnie Miller at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
Shellenberger graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in history in December 2005, while receiving a minor in coaching. He was a four-year member of the Raiders' program, captaining the team during the 2004-05 season.
Shellenberger is a former certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a former member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
During the summer of 2012, Shellenberger married the former Lorin Milotta, and the couple resides in Forest, Va.