Michael Shepherd enters his first season at Oglethorpe University as the baseball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Shepherd comes to Oglethorpe after a two-year stint with Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Shepherd worked primarily with hitters, infielders, base runners and also coached third base. He assisted with academic support, recruiting, and fundraising.
In his two seasons at Iowa Wesleyan, the Tigers saw vast improvement in all major offensive categories and also finished with a 3.39 team GPA. They averaged over 6 runs per game in his two seasons, which was an improvement of over a run per game from the season before Shepherd joined the staff. They also saw a drastic improvement in their strikeout-to-walk ratio. The biggest improvement the Tigers saw was on the base paths. They managed only 25 steals the season prior to Shepherd joining. In the first year of his tenure, they stole 44 bags in 54 attempts, and then were able to steal 77 bags in 98 attempts in his second season. They had three players in the top five in steals in the conference. In his time at Iowa Wesleyan, Shepherd saw five players receive conference or national recognition.
Prior to joining the staff at Iowa Wesleyan, he got into the college coaching ranks at Northland College for the 2014 season. While only having 13 players on the roster, Northland College set a school record with 22 wins and received a No. 2 seed in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.
Shepherd graduated from Ohio Valley University in 2013 with a degree in elementary education. He was a 3-year starter on the baseball team where he had a career average of .338. He finished in the top 10 in on-base percentage in the conference his final two seasons and earned all-conference honors in his senior season. He proceeded to graduate from Ohio Valley in 2015 with his master's in instruction and curriculum.
Shepherd has also coached in the summers with the Galion Graders, Liberal Bee Jays, and the Covington Lumberjacks. He resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with his fiancée, Haley Catanzarito.