Shane Prance enters his second season as the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Recreational Sports at the North Central campus, in addition to his role as an assistant coach for the Purdue University Northwest baseball program in 2016-17.
In his first season with the Pride, Prance helped lead the squad to a 30-18 season with a 20-7 record in the final year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Prance recently completed his third season as head coach of the Purdue North Central baseball team in 2016 and fourth season overall, serving first as an assistant for the Panthers during the 2012-13 campaign. He also held the role as Coordinator of Athletics and Activities at PNC.
A former Purdue North Central standout, Prance led the Panthers to a stellar year in 2015, which saw the third-seeded squad make a run to the CCAC Tournament championship game. Purdue North Central finished 17-13 in conference play in 2015.
During his tenure, Prance has coached four all-CCAC first team selections, three second-team selections, four Gold Glove award winners and 10 all-CCAC Academic honorees.
As a player for the Panthers, Prance was a four-year pitching letter winner and set single-season program records for wins (seven), innings (84), complete games (eight) and strikeouts (95) during his senior campaign. The Portage High School alum would later play professional baseball for the Schaumburg Boomers as a starter and reliever.
During his first year as an assistant coach in 2013, Prance helped Purdue North Central lead the CCAC in earned run average (3.51) and limit its walks to just 119 in 330 innings, while holding opponents to a .264 batting average. That season, the Panthers (25-17, 20-10) finished in second place in a challenging South Division, one game out of first place.
Aside from his playing experience, Prance also spent three years coaching high school players in the Diamond Kings High School Fall Baseball League and Exposure Tour. The state championship teams for both 2011 and 2012 were led by Prance, with a mixture of players from schools in Porter and Lake County.
Prance also gives individual pitching and hitting instruction to youth baseball players at the Triple Crown Training Center in Valparaiso.
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