2016-17 Women's Basketball
Head Coach Chad Shutler
Contact info for Coach Shutler
Office phone: 419-358-3224
Chad Shutler is entering his 12th season as the head women's basketball coach at Bluffton University. Back-to-back seasons of setting school marks for wins in a season helped Coach Shutler to Heartland Conference and D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors! He became the all-time winningest coach in Bluffton women's basketball history in January and is currently at 130 career victories. An 18-0 start that smashed the previous high-water mark of six straight wins in a season helped the Beavers break the school record for wins in a season for the second consecutive year. Bluffton jumped over the previous mark of 16 with 18 wins last season and obliterated it with 25 as well as a first-ever NCAA Tournament game for a Bluffton women's team.
Coach Shutler is also an assistant professor in the health, physical education and recreation department.
Shutler, who is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio, graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1993.
A three-sport athlete at Bucyrus, Shutler earned varsity letters in football, basketball
and tennis. Coach Shutler graduated from Heidelberg College in 1997 with a health
and physical education teaching degree and certification. He continued his education
at Bowling Green State University where he earned his master's degree in 1999.
Following his graduate work at BGSU, Shutler taught health and physical education in the Bluffton school district, a position he held for six years. During his first year at Bluffton, he served as an assistant coach for the boy's varsity basketball team. He accepted the head coaching position in 2000 and spent four years rebuilding the program. Shutler was selected to coach the OHSBCA District 8 all-star game in 2004. He was the assistant boy's basketball coach at Columbus Grove High School in 2004-05.
Shutler feels comfortable in the athletics department at Bluffton University as he was the graduate assistant coach for the men's basketball team from 1997-99 under current head coach Guy Neal. During his stint at Bluffton, Chad also served as the head men's and women's tennis coach. While attending Heidelberg, Shutler spent one season as the junior varsity boy's basketball coach at Mohawk High School and two years as a volunteer high school basketball coach at Tiffin Columbian High School.
Shutler is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
Coach Shutler resides in Bluffton with his wife, Wendy, and sons, Tyson, Landon and Bowen.
Assistant Coach Shanna Thompson
Contact info for Coach THOMPSON
Office phone: 419-358-3451
Shanna comes to Bluffton University after spending a year as an assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, Ohio). Prior to that she was at Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, Ohio), serving as a varsity assistant and the head junior varsity coach. In college, Coach Thompson attended Division II Gannon University (Erie, PA), where she was a letter winner, and a member of a 2009-10 team that earned the program’s best record (37-1) and only final four appearance to date. She had game highs of 22 points, eight rebounds and recorded a 52% field goal percentage over her four years as a Golden Knight. While at Gannon she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
A native of Shaker Heights, Shanna graduated in 2007 from Shaker Heights High School,
where she was a three-year varsity starter for the Lady Raiders basketball team, earning
All-Ohio and All-Conference accolades as a senior.