After six years of coaching around the country following a decorated collegiate career as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan, Dorian Shaw is back in the Big Ten as an assistant coach of the Purdue softball program. Shaw begins her time as a Boilermaker following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Stanford.
Shaw served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with the infield and hitters while at Stanford, assisting Kylie Sorenson to three of her four All-Pac-12 selections and an All-Northwest Region selection as a senior. Prior to her time at Stanford, Shaw made stops at George Mason and Dartmouth College to begin her coaching career and assisted Dartmouth to its most successful season in program history. In 2014, the Big Green claimed the Ivy League Championship and clinched an NCAA Regional appearance.
Prior to her coaching career, Shaw was an All-American, NFCA All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten selection at Michigan where she earned her degree in Kinesiology. From 2008-11, the Burke, Virginia, native tore through the Big Ten hitting .315 with 58 home runs, 178 runs batted in and 130 runs scored. Her junior year, she matched the program’s home run record with 21 and drove in 60 runs with a .362 batting average. Shaw also hit .365 as a senior and finished the year as a USA Softball Player of the Year and Lowe’s Senior Class Award Finalist. She was a first round pick in the National Professional Fastpitch Draft and assisted the Chicago Bandits to the 2011 Cowle’s Cup Championship.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue softball head coach Boo De Oliveira announced the addition of Adrienne Clark to her coaching staff on Friday. Clark, who most recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut will lead the Boiler defense and assist with hitting.
“I am very excited to welcome Adrienne Clark to the Purdue University Athletic Department and to our Boilermaker softball family,” De Oliveira said. “Adrienne is a true utility coach and is a person of strong character. She has experience coaching defense, offense, & pitching. She brings a plethora of high caliber experience both on the field and in a leadership capacity. I look forward to seeing her develop our defenders and assist with hitting.”
“Purdue is an incredible institution dedicated to the highest standards of excellence on and off the field,” Clark said. “I believe in the vision set forth by Coach De Oliveira, the athletic department and the university. After stepping foot on campus and meeting with the support staff, I got an overwhelming feeling that this is where I am meant to be.”
An assistant for the Huskies for the past four seasons, Clark helped UConn to over 70 wins, including 20 victories in the 2018 season. The UConn pitching staff also combined for a 3.09 ERA and 292 total strikeouts this past season, the best marks since 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Clark also guided UConn pitcher Jill Stockley to an American Athletic Conference tournament-record as the junior pitched 11.2 innings in the circle and threw a career-high 177 pitches against USF in the quarterfinals of the conference’s 2018 tournament.
Prior to her time at UConn, Clark served as an assistant coach for three seasons at her alma mater Hofstra. During her second stint with the Pride, Clark was instrumental in leading Hofstra to a 42-15 overall record and the program's first-ever NCAA Regional championship in 2012.
Clark also spent three seasons (2009-11) on the staff at Columbia University. While with the Lions, she oversaw the pitching staff and outfielders and also served as an associate professor of physical education at Columbia. Before her time at Columbia Clark began her coaching career at Delaware, where she served as an assistant coach for three years.
During a standout collegiate career for the Pride, Clark helped lead the team to four straight CAA regular-season and postseason championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. She helped the team win 148 games during those seasons, including a school-record 43 victories in 2005. Hofstra went 8-4 in the NCAA Tournament over her final three seasons and was one of only 12 teams in the nation to win at least two NCAA Tournament games in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
“Adrienne is a well-respected coach not only because of her decorated playing career and her high game IQ, but because she is a person of integrity, is extremely loyal, and is a connector,” De Oliveira said. “She will be a great fit in our program in our efforts to continue to build a championship culture.”
Clark, a native of Gibsonton, Florida, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Hofstra and a master's degree in sports management from Columbia.