Shelly Prochaska enters her second season as the assistant coach of the CSU Bakersfield softball team in fall of 2017. Prochaska joined the staff on Sept. 11, 2015, and is primarily responsible for the CSUB pitchers and catchers and will also work with the hitters.
In her first year with the program, Prochaska played an instrumental part in guiding the Roadrunners to their first Western Athletic Tournament title as the program’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division I Regionals.
The native of Aloha, Ore. brings a wealth of experience to Bakersfield both as a coach and as an athlete and has been the primary pitch caller at the majority of her previous schools. Prochaska is entering her 10th season as a coach after spending the last season as an assistant coach at North Dakota.
Prior to her year in Grand Forks, N.D., Prochaska was the assistant coach at Boise State from 2010-14. While with the Bronco program, Prochaska guided the pitching staff to set records for ERA (3.12), opponent batting average (.250), and fewest walks per seven innings (1.94) in 2012. Her 2011 rotation threw a BSU-best nine shutouts and recorded a program-high 6.21 strikeouts per seven innings. She also coached four Broncos pitchers to seasons in which they earned All-Conference and one was named Second Team All-Pacific Region.
Prochaska spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Idaho State softball team where she began as an assistant coach and eventually finished out the latter year as the interim head coach. 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.
Prior to her move to Idaho, Prochaska also worked at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) 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 undergraduate assistant at her alma mater, Oregon State, in 2004. 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 Beaver in school history. She left the program with her name in the top five of eight different career batting categories, and became the first OSU softball player to record 200 hits, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in her career. Prochaska’s performances earned her All-Pac-10 and Easton All-American honors as a senior while she was also named All-Region in 2001.
After her collegiate career, Prochaska earned an invitation to and attended the USA National Team Tryouts in 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. Prochaska 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 League.
A native of Aloha, Ore., Prochaska graduated from Oregon State in 2004 with a degree in health promotion and education.