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Lombardi hires first softball assistant coach

The Ducks softball staff is beginning to take shape with the hire of Justin Shults from Fresno State.

Posted: Aug 11, 2018 6:53 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- Ducks softball head coach Melyssa Lombardi has gotten a head start on filling out her new staff at the University of Oregon. The team announced today that former Fresno State assistant and primary hitting coach Justin Shults would be the Ducks first addition to Lombardi's stuff. 

"I have known Justin for a long time and have watched his coaching career from afar," said Lombardi in a statement. "Justin's athletes have flourished under his direction and set numerous offensive records at every program he's been at, and he brings a wealth of hitting knowledge and understands how to connect individually with each athlete."

At Fresno State, Shult's coaching helped the Bulldogs set new offensive records in several key metrics. In addition to a 2017 NCAA tournament appearance, while breaking the single season program record for grand-slams, while setting a single-game program record for RBI's (23). The team tied program records for runs (24), home runs (6), and total bases (40). 

In 2018, the offensive success at Fresno State continued, as the team set program records in hit-by-pitches (73) and walks (213) while having a top 5 on-base-percentage nationally.

Prior to his stint at Fresno State, Shults was an assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), where the team broke numerous school records and made the NCAA tournament in 2016. Before his first D1 gig, he was an assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State. As a player, Shults was a 2010 All-American for UC Riverside, and spent one season in the Houston Astros organization.  

Lombardi was hired as Oregon softball's 12th head coach on July 9th, 2018.

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