Softball Winter Elite Camps

Covid-19 Guidelines

Appalachian State University has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19 closely.  Day camps and programs serving children and teens this summer must adhere to the current guidance and University guidelines.  We encourage parents and campers to read the full list of camper requirements.

Camp Type: 
Jan 30 2022 to Feb 6 2022

Appalachian State Softball Elite Winter Camps

Registration Opens at 6:00pm on December 21, 2021

These 4 hour session will include advanced defensive positions and drill work, advanced hitting techniques and drills, and 2 hours of LIVE game play. Each 4 hour session is limited to 28 spots by position.

Pitchers - 4 spots
Catchers - 4 spots
Middle Infield - 6 spots
Corners - 6 spots
Outfield - 8 spots

Waitlists are available is a position has reach capacity

Registration for each camp will close 3 business days prior to camp.

2025 & 2026 Graduates Registration Closed

Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

Camp Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
          Check-in: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Registration Fee: $155

Location: Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility (adjacent to Kidd Brewer Stadium) and Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (weather permitting).


2024 Graduates Registration Closed

 Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

 Camp Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
      Check-in: 8:00am - 9:00am

Registration Fee: $155 

Location: Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility (adjacent to Kidd Brewer Stadium) and Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (weather permitting).

2024 Graduates

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022

Camp Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
       Check-in: 2:00pm - 3:00am

Registration Fee: $155

Registration Link:

Location: Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility (adjacent to Kidd Brewer Stadium) and Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (weather permitting).


2023 & 2022 Graduates Registration Closed

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022

Camp Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
       Check-in: 8:00am - 9:00am

Registration Fee: $155

Location: Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility (adjacent to Kidd Brewer Stadium) and Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (weather permitting).

 What to bring:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Gloves
  • Any other Softball equipment you own
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Cleats
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks (no meals will be provided)
  • Good Attitude

A completed medical form, signed by a parent or legal guardian, must be brought with youClick here!

Weather premitting, you will be outside. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing.


Please complete our online registration forms whether paying by credit card or check.

To pay by check, once you complete registration, mail in your payment with the information provided in the registration page. Please note spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program may fill before we receive your payment. We suggest registering now with a credit card using our secure server.

For registration information, contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services by e-mail at or by phone at 828-262-2930.

For program information, contact the Head Coach Shelly Hoerner by e-mail at or by phone at 828-262-7492.

According to NCAA rules and regulations all camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants regardless of skill level 
(limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).

Note: No refunds will be given for no shows.

App State  Softball Coaching Staff

Shelly Hoerner, Head CoachShelly Hoerner, Head Coach

Shelly Hoerner prepares for her third season in charge of the App State softball program.
After leading the Mountaineers to their best record since 2014 in her first season, Hoerner tied the program record for wins in a season during the 2019 campaign. The Black and Gold notched a 31-25 record, tying the win total set by the 2013 team that won the regular-season Southern Conference title.
App State’s 13 victories against Sun Belt competition in 2019 were also a program best. The Mountaineers opened the conference slate with six straight wins, sweeping Georgia Southern and ULM on the road. Appalachian then captured the final two victories in a series at Georgia State to start Sun Belt play 8-1.
Aside from massive improvements against conference foes, the Mountaineers won eight straight games from Feb. 15 to March 1 – the longest winning streak in program history. The winning streak featured a 5-0 record at the Holy City Showdown in Charleston, S.C., where App State defeated Dartmouth, the College of Charleston, Radford, Iowa State and Marshall.
Appalachian’s fifth-place finish in the Sun Belt sent the Mountaineers to their first Sun Belt Tournament. App State dropped a tight 2-0 contest to ULM, but the team’s turnaround earned them a spot in the National Invitational Softball Championship – the program’s first-ever postseason appearance. Appalachian played two games in the Liberty regional, falling twice 2-1 in close matchups against Rutgers and George Washington.
In 2019, multiple Mountaineers brought their game to the next level under Hoerner’s leadership. Junior ace Kenzie Longanecker became the first App State player to be named to the All-Sun Belt First Team. Longanecker led the team with 95 strikeouts and 23 starts throughout the season. Another junior, third baseman Keri White, earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors after leading her team with a .347 batting average, 66 hits, 11 doubles and 13 stolen bases.
At the conclusion of the 2019 season, senior Haley Stewart became the first App State player to be drafted in program history. Stewart was selected No. 30 overall in the American Softball Association Draft by Performance Lab.
Off the field, Hoerner’s team excelled in both the classroom and in helping others in the High Country community. Twelve players made the academic honor roll for the fall 2018 semester, and softball joined all other women’s teams to post a cumulative GPA over 3.0. In the community, softball ranked No. 8 nationally in community service hours among softball programs, according to hours recorded through the Helper Helper platform.
In 2018, Hoerner began the softball program’s turnaround with 17 victories and its first Sun Belt series win since joining the league in 2015. The Mountaineers clinched their first series victory in conference with a 9-8 victory in extra innings against ULM.
From March 3-10, Hoerner’s team rattled off a then program-best seven straight victories. Appalachian defeated Tennessee Tech, Norfolk State and ULM during the historic run.
As a junior, Jenny Dodd posted the best season of her career under Hoerner’s tutelage to become the second App State player to earn All-Sun Belt Second Team honors. Dodd batted .345 with a .521 on-base percentage, nine home runs, six doubles and 38 walks in 2018.
Hoerner also changed the softball program’s culture in the classroom, seeing a 0.44 GPA boost from the fall 2017 semester to the spring 2018 semester. The program’s 3.35 spring GPA helped the team maintain a 3.15 cumulative GPA.

Appalachian State University Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, named Shelly Hoerner head softball coach on June 23. Hoerner brings 18 years of head coaching experience with over 500 career wins to the App State program.
“We’re looking forward to the experience and excitement Shelly will bring to the program at Appalachian State. I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Jonathan Reeder, for their work,” said Gillin. “After a national search, Shelly’s success as a coach, in addition to her reputation as a leader, made her a natural fit for App State. I am thrilled to welcome Shelly, Jeff, and Meeka May to the Appalachian State family.”
Hoerner comes to App after a four-year stint as Head Coach at Georgia Tech, where she earned her 500th career win in 2016. At Tech, her team had the highest GPA in the athletic department in 2016 and 2017, averaging over a 3.2 all four years. Hoerner coached the Yellow Jackets to four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with three Yellow Jackets earning All-ACC honors. 

Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, she led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference.

From 2000-05, Hoerner was the head coach at Barry University, compiling an overall record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as Regional Coach of the Year.

Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000). She first embarked on her coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. In her two seasons at Barry, she struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.

Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school's all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.

Hoerner also gained professional playing experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.

A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master's degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999, and have a daughter, Meeka May.
Statement from Coach Hoerner…
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Doug Gillin for this incredible opportunity to rebuild and lead the App State program. The vision he has for the athletic department mirrors what I was looking for. Jonathan Reeder and the entire search committee have been terrific through this process and very welcoming. I am excited to lead this program with passion and purpose, and will provide the necessary structure and support to help our student-athletes be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The young women will be prepared for life after they graduate from App State. I look forward to bringing a family atmosphere to this program along with engaging our alumni and their families. We will work as one unit to establish a championship mentality and elevate App State Softball in the Sun Belt Conference.”
"Coach Hoerner will bring a lot of game experience to the program at App. State. She is a coach that also truly cares about the student-athlete and their collegiate experience. I feel like this is a great fit for Coach Hoerner and App State.”
- Ken Erickson, Team USA Head Coach, South Florida Head Coach
“She was my first-ever recruit at Barry, and through her infectious personality we’ve been able to remain friends. It has been fun to follow her career and I’m excited to see what she will do at App State. She knows the game very well and is going to make some things happen for the program.”
- Lisa Navas, Associate Head Coach, University of South Carolina
“Shelly is a wonderful person and leader. She has a terrific personality and a passion for the game. She will do great things for Appalachian State’s program.”
- Bobby Cremins, Legendary College Basketball Coach
“Shelly has great experience playing and coaching at some outstanding programs. She's knowledgeable and works to get the best out of her players. She does it right and is concerned about the person as well as the athlete.”
- Mike Rappi, Former Canisius Head Coach
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Natalie Ruechel, Assistant Coach

App State Softball has hired respected pitching coach and former Division III head coach Natalie Ruechel as an assistant.
Ruechel will oversee the Mountaineers' pitching staff.
Ruechel spent the 2021 season at the University at Buffalo where she assisted with the pitching staff as well as the offense. Ruechel coached three all-conference players as well as an all-region player. The Bulls set various single-season program records and finished with their best conference winning percentage since 2014 and fourth-best overall in program history. 
Ruechel spent the abbreviated 2020 campaign as an assistant at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she worked with the program's offense and outfielders. Under her tutelage, the Seahawks averaged nearly 4.5 runs/game.
Prior to her stints at UB and UNCW, Ruechel coached for three seasons at Averett University, ascending to head coach for the 2019 season. Ruechel led the Cougars to a 31-16 record and a runner-up conference tournament finish in her year at the helm of the program, coaching an All-American and two all-region players. The 2019 Averett team set program single-season records for home runs, slugging percentage and pitching strikeouts.
Ruechel spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the pitching coach for Averett, helping lead the program to 50 wins over that span and a USA South Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Over those two seasons, members of the pitching staff earned conference rookie of the year and NFCA All-Region honors and led the USA South in strikeouts and wins. In her three years overall with Averett, the pitching staff's ERA dropped by over 30 percent and the staff's WHIP dropped by 25 percent.
Ruechel started her collegiate coaching career as the pitching coach at Carroll University in 2016, helping the team to a 25-15 record. Under her guidance, a pair of pitchers earned second team all-conference honors.
Ruechel earned her bachelor's degree in physical and health education in 2015 from Carroll University, where she played her final two seasons of collegiate softball and was a second team all-conference honoree at pitcher as a senior. She went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis in leadership from Averett University in 2018. 

Shane Showalter, Assistant Coach

In 2020, Shane Showalter completed his second season as an assistant softball coach after being hired on Aug. 15, 2018. Showalter serves as an assistant coach while working primarily with hitters.

Before the 2020 season was cut short due to COVID-19, Gabby Buruato flourished at the plate, posting a career-high 19 hits and struck out only five times. She also had a team-high .339 batting average. Baylee Morton had also hit a team-high five homeruns over the course of 22 games.

During the 2019 season, the Black and Gold notched a 31-25 record, tying the win total set by the 2013 team that won the regular-season Southern Conference title. Keri White took her game to the next level under Showalter's guidance, earning All-Sun Belt Second Team honors after leading her team with a .347 batting average, 66 hits, 11 doubles and 13 stolen bases.

Showalter, a softball coaching veteran of 21 years, joins the Mountaineer coaching staff with more than 16 years of head coaching experience under his belt.

Most recently, Showalter served on Austin Peay’s coaching staff for five seasons with the last two coming as the head coach of the Governors. Showalter boasts experience in coaching hitters, pitchers, infielders and catchers. After his first season, his squad earned the Ohio Valley Conference Team Sportsmanship Award. 

Combined with that honor and under Showalter’s tutelage, Danielle Liermann became the first Governors student-athlete to be named OVC Freshman of the Year while also earning a spot on the All-OVC first team. Liermann and Kacy Acree also became the first set of Governors teammates to be named to the All-OVC Newcomer team in the same season.

While at Austin Peay and in his first season as head coach, the Govs saw their offense post top-five all-time marks for doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and home runs. The team also posted its lowest strikeout total as a team since 2008, while defensively the team committed 17 fewer errors - a 19 percent improvement over the previous season.

Prior to his time at Austin Peay, Showalter became the winningest coach in Colorado State University-Pueblo history and was named the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Under Showalter’s guidance, the ThunderWolves became a consistent contender in the Division II RMAC, finishing second in his last season in 2012. In his last six seasons, CSU-Pueblo qualified for the RMAC Tournament each season, finishing second twice (2006, 2007).

He coached an All-America, two RMAC Players of the Year and the league freshman of the year during his tenure. Along the way he mentored eight all-region, 44 all-league and 10 all-conference tournament selections.

In 2009 the program qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history. The ThunderWolves earned an at-large bid that season and eventually played its way into the Central Regional Championship game - earning the program’s first-ever national tournament victories.

While at CSU-Pueblo, Showalter’s squads maintained a grade point average better than 3.4.

Before serving as the ThunderWolves’ head coach, Showalter held the same position at Division III Colorado College. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Adams State from 1996-98.

Off the softball field, Showalter served as assistant grounds keeper from 1999-2002 for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate.

Showalter earned both his bachelor’s (sports and exercise management) and master’s (exercise physiology) at Adams State. 

He has one daughter, Maison.

“First and foremost I would like to thank coach Hoerner for this opportunity,” said Showalter. “I am looking forward to being a part of her staff and helping to build a great softball program that Appalachian State and the community will be proud of. I would also like to thank everyone in Appalachian State athletics for the warm welcome. My daughter and I feel very much at home here already. The people we have met and the town have been nothing short of amazing. We are very proud and feel very blessed to be a part of the community and the Appalachian State family.”