CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Head Coach Loren Hibbs has announced that Shohn Doty has joined the Charlotte 49ers baseball program as pitching coach. Doty brings 23 years of experience to the 49ers program that includes coaching current Detroit Tiger All-Star Justin Verlander.
“Shohn is an experienced coach with a proven track record of developing pitchers,” remarked Hibbs. “He has been successful at every level. Throughout the entire hiring process, his name kept coming up. Shohn has a passion for coaching. Our pitchers will benefit from his competitive nature. He has shown the ability to develop pitchers with a wide range of ability including those with superior talent like Verlander. Shohn communicates well and will bring high energy to our program.”
Doty has spent 20 seasons at the collegiate level most recently serving as Associate Head Coach, Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at NCAA II Arkansas-Fort Smith. Doty helped the Lions set a new school record with 85 wins during his final two seasons. In 2008, the Lions posted their lowest ERA (2.51) over the past 10 years, became Region Two runners-up and capped off their third-straight Bi-State Conference team ERA title.
Prior to Fort Smith, Doty spent four seasons at Old Dominion where he recruited and coached Verlander who became the #2 pick in the 2004 MLB Draft. Doty's staff continued to set records with the fewest walks (192) and most strikeouts (405) in a season. Doty began his coaching career at Indiana State back in 1996, lowering every pitching statistic for three-straight seasons. Before heading to Old Dominion, Doty also spent time at UNC Wilmington guiding the Seahawks to 30+ wins in each of those three seasons.
“The opportunity to coach at a place like Charlotte with the facilities, campus and conference is really a dream come true for me,” commented Doty. “I’ve been at the division one level and I truly feel like Charlotte is one of the elite programs in an elite conference in the country. I came back home to Arkansas to raise my family and certainly feel that was the right decision. Now, I get to work with Loren who I’ve always known and respected. I could sense the family atmosphere and to get the chance to be on his staff makes it special. It is an unbelievable opportunity for me and my family.”
While helping raise his family, Doty has spent the last three years as Head Coach of the Springdale High School baseball team. For the first time in school history, Doty was named the 2016 West All-Star Coach, pushed the Bulldogs into the state tournament for the first time in 10 years and his pitching staff set several school records for lowest team ERA (1.74), fewest walks in a season (42) and strikeouts in a season (232).
“Shohn’s credentials are great and he has an outstanding pitching plan,” finished Hibbs. “He is an excellent recruiter with extensive ties in our region and within the junior college ranks. I am excited about Shohn and his wife Anissa coming to Charlotte and being a part of the Niner baseball family.”
What they’re saying about Shohn Doty
“Coach Doty is a tremendous addition to the 49er staff. He is a top flight recruiter but more importantly, he can really teach pitching. His pitchers are always competitors who feature command of three pitches and attack the zone.” – Tom Walter, Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach
“Shohn Doty is a tireless worker that will be a great asset to Charlotte. He has a solid reputation as a recruiter and has the ability to evaluate players and make the call concerning their value to a program. His ability to relate to players is also an asset that he will bring to Charlotte and uses that ability to get the most out of his players. He will be a good complement to Loren Hibbs and I look forward to watching Shohn help that program succeed in the future.” – Gregg Miller, MLB Scout, Kansas City Royals
“I’m happy for Shohn to get this opportunity with Coach Hibbs. I’ve known Shohn for a longtime and he turned the Springdale program around doing an outstanding job. He has a passion for baseball, is a great recruiter and brings a lot to the table. Knowing what Coach Hibbs has done with that program, he’ll do a great job there.” – Norm DeBriyn, Hall of Fame Former Coach at University of Arkansas