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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.
Shellenberger has posted a 42-17 dual-meet record, leading the Lady Flames to one CCSA title (2014) and two conference runner-up finishes (2012, 2013) to date.
In just the fourth year in program history, Shellenberger coached the Lady Flames to the 2014 CCSA Championship title, holding off five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast, 732.5 to 718.5. During the 2014 conference meet, the Lady Flames recorded 18 podium finishes, nine B cuts, one A cut (200 medley relay), six CCSA records, six meet records and 16 program records.
During the 2013-14 season, Liberty was ranked as highly as 13th in the College Swimming.com Mid-Major Ranking, while making it to 48th in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com National Rankings.
Liberty placed 43rd at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships, making its third straight NCAA nationals appearance. Sophomore Jess Reinhardt became Liberty's highest-placing individual at nationals, finishing 10th in the 100 fly in a CCSA-record time of 51.72.
Shellenberger has earned two CCSA Swimming Coach of the Year honors, including 2012 (conference runner-up finish) and 2014 (conference championship).
Liberty posted its second runner-up finish in a row, taking second place at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. 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.
During Liberty's second year as a program, the team earned its first All-America honor, as Brye Ravettine placed 13th in the 50 free at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. Ravettine was also named 2012 CCSA Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet.
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.
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 current member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Swimming Coaches Association, and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
During the summer of 2012, Shellenberger married the former Lorin Milotta, and the couple resides in Forest, Va.
In 4 years of program history
• Two-time CCSA Coach of the Year (2012,2014)
• 1 CCSA Conference title (2014)
• 2 CCSA Conference Runner-up finishes
• 42–17 Dual Meet Record
• 12 CCSA Individual Championships
• 6 CCSA Relay Champions
• 9 CCSA Conference Records (5 individual, 4 relay)
• 10 CCSA Conference Meet Records (6 individual, 4 relay)
• 3 NCAA Championship Appearances
• 2 NCAA All-Americans
• 3 CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans
• 1 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year
• 1 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Meet
• 2 CCSA Women's Freshmen of the Meet
• 11 CCSA Swimmer of the Week Honors
• 7 CSCAA Team Scholar All-American Awards
• 9 CSCAA All-America Individual Awards
• 1 VaSID Academic All-State Mention
• 1 US Olympic Trials appearance (2012)
• 2 USA Swimming National scoring performances (2012 Winter Nationals, 2013 US Open)