Shelly Prochaska enters her third season as an assistant coach for Boise State University, after helping the Broncos break the school record for wins each of the last two years.
Prochaska has assisted with pitchers and catchers during her tenure. The pitching staff set team records in 2012 for earned run average (3.12), opponent batting average (.250) and fewest walks per seven innings (1.94). The 2011 squad tossed a program-best nine shutouts and its 6.21 strikeouts per seven innings is the best mark in school history.
Boise State went 34-20 in 2012, finishing 8-4 in Mountain West play to finish second. Aubray Zell became the first 20-game winner with a 20-12 record in the circle and a 2.41 ERA. Zell was named All-Mountain West and earned the conference's pitcher of the week award five times. Center fielder Tara Glover became the first All-American in school history after leading the country with 1.63 hits per game. Glover was also named Mountain West Co-Player of the Year.
In 2011, Prochaska's first with Boise State, the Broncos finished the season 33-20, including 15-6 in Western Athletic Conference play to finish tied for second. The season included a school-record 12-game winning streak. Part of the winning streak was a five-game shutout streak that led to a stretch of 41-consecutive scoreless innings pitched by the Broncos. Boise State put three players on the All-WAC First Team and two more Broncos earned second-team honors. Allie Crump and Zell, who combined for 13 of the Broncos' 15 conference victories in the circle, each earned first-team honors.
Prior to Boise State, Prochaska was most recently the interim head coach at Idaho State. She joined ISU as an assistant coach prior to the 2008 season, and was named interim head coach in March. Prochaska worked primarily with pitchers and catchers for the Bengals, but assisted with scouting, hitting instruction, and game and practice preparation. ISU posted a 34-60 record during Prochaska's tenure, including a 10-24 mark while she was interim head coach. In her first season, the Bengals reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1982.
Before arriving in Pocatello, Prochaska worked at Kenyon College as an assistant coach in softball and volleyball from 2006 to 2008. She was named interim head volleyball coach at Kenyon in November 2007. Prochaska's softball teams at Kenyon combined for a 32-34 record, including 14-14 in the North Central Athletic Conference.
Prochaska began her coaching career as an under-graduate assistant at Oregon State University during the 2004 campaign. Her stint as a coach at OSU came on the heels of one of the most accomplished playing careers in school history. Playing in 261 games and making 255 starts from 2000-03, the majority coming at catcher, Prochaska saw action in more games than any student-athlete to don a Beaver uniform. She left Corvallis with her name in the top five in eight different career batting categories, and became the first OSU softball player to record 200 hits, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored in her career.
She garnered All-Pac-10 and Easton All-American honors as a senior. Prochaska was also named all-region in 2001.
Prochaska earned an invitation to and attended the USA National Team Tryouts in 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. She continued her playing career as a member of the Portland All-Star Team in 2004. In the summer of 2007 Prochaska joined the New England Riptide of the National Professional Fastpitch Leage.
A native of Aloha, Ore., Prochaska graduated from OSU in 2004 with a degree in health promotion and education.