Boise State University and head softball coach Erin Thorpe announced Wednesday the hiring of Shelly Prochaska as the newest member of the Broncos' coaching staff. Prochaska (pronounced pro HAS ka) comes to Boise after more than a year and a half at Idaho State University.
"We are very excited to be adding Coach Prochaska to our staff," Thorpe said. "She is a much welcomed addition and we are confident she will help the Bronco program as we continue our climb towards where this program is capable of going."
Prochaska joined the Bengals as an assistant coach prior to the 2008 season, and was named interim head coach in March. 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.
She has also spent the last six years as a clinician at various softball camps throughout Oregon and Ohio, specializing in pitching and catching.
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 earned All-Pac-10 and Easton All-American honors as a senior. Prochaska was also named all-region in 2001.
While her collegiate playing career ended in the championship game of the NCAA Regional Tournament, Prochaska earned an invitation to and attended the USA National Team Tryouts in 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif.
She continued to play as a member of the Portland All-Star Team in 2004, competing against touring Olympic Teams. In the summer of 2007, Prochaska played for the New England Riptide of the National Professional Fastpitch League.
A native of Aloha, Ore., Prochaska graduated from OSU in 2004 with a degree in health promotion and education.