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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.
Liberty posted its second runner-up finish in a row, taking second place at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. During the meet, Liberty had six total event victories (four individual, two relays) and 20 podium finishes (16 individual, four relays). The Lady Flames set five conference records, five meet records and 13 program records.
The Lady Flames earned their first national ranking in program history during the 2012-13 season, being ranked No. 37 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25.
Freshman Jess Reinhardt was named the 2013 CCSA Women's Freshman of the Meet, winning both the 100 fly and 200 fly, both in conference record time at the CCSA Championships. She then went on to compete in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
During Liberty's first three 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 nine individual events at the CCSA Championships while fielding 26 individual conference medal-winning swims. Liberty's 200 free relay and 400 free relay hold the CCSA records, with the 200 free relay earning B cuts in both 2012 and 2013.
Ravettine was listed on the Mid-Major All-America list by CollegeSwimming.com during 2011 and 2012, 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. Ravettine, Laura Day and Reinhardt all competed in Olympic Trials during 2012. Most recently, Emilie Kaufman and Day qualified for finals in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. Open, with Kaufman taking 13th place overall.
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.
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.
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' swimming 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.