Softball: Shena Hollar

Shena Hollar

  Head Softball Coach, Assistant AD and SWA
  Alma Mater: Wingate, 1996
  Office Phone: (828) 328-7133

Shena Hollar is beginning her 17th season as Head Coach of Lenoir-Rhyne’s nationally-ranked softball team in 2016.

Shena Hollar is in her sixth year as Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and 12th as Senior Woman Administrator at Lenoir-Rhyne University as well.

Hollar served as Assistant Athletics Director from 2007 to 2010 before being elevated.

As Associate Director of Athletics and SWA, Hollar is the highest-ranking female official in the department and oversees Lenoir-Rhyne’s fall Olympic sports, women’s basketball and women’s swimming.

Hollar also served as advisor of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) up until the 2010-11 academic year. The SAAC, a NCAA-mandated student-athlete study group, works with several charity groups within the community to raise money for philanthropy.

Hired prior to the 2000 season, Hollar has compiled a 648-225-2 mark as Bear mentor and is easily the school’s all-time winningest coach.

Under Hollar, Lenoir-Rhyne has captured nine South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships (2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and eight Food Lion SAC Tournament Titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).

Hollar also led Lenoir-Rhyne to its first-ever NCAA Division II Playoff berth in 2002 and has made return trips in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Two seasons ago, the wins kept coming for Lenoir-Rhyne as the squad compiled a 40-15 mark, captured another league regular season championship and earned a ninth straight berth to the national tournament.

The 2013 season was another banner year for the Bears as Hollor led L-R to a 37-16 mark and its fourth consecutive SAC Tournament Championship in addition to serving as host of the regionals for the fourth time in school history.

In 2012, the Bears won the SAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the third straight year and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament while compiling a 48-13 mark.

Five years ago, Lenoir-Rhyne (45-10 in 2011) hosted the regional tournament, advanced to the Super Regionals and won both the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the second consecutive season.

In 2010, the Bears put together a school-best 53-9 mark while hosting one-half of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and advancing to the Super Regionals for the first time ever.

Seven seasons ago, Lenoir-Rhyne (38-13) also hosted one-half of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and advanced to the tournament finals.

In 2008, Lenoir-Rhyne went 42-14 on the season with a 12-2 mark in SAC play to share the league regular season title with Carson-Newman.

Nine years ago, Lenoir-Rhyne posted a 48-10 mark and captured both the SAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships en route to a NCAA postseason appearance.

In 2006, Lenoir-Rhyne put together a 52-12-1 record and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region Tournament.

Hollar has also been named SAC Coach of the Year on five separate occasions. She won the award in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 after the Bears won South Atlantic Conference Regular Season titles.

Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Hollar coached two years at Newberry (1998-99) while compiling a 45-61 mark and earning a share of the 1999 SAC Regular Season Crown.

Entering 2016, Hollar’s career collegiate record as a head coach is 693-286-2.

In May of 2007, Hollar won the prestigious Student Government Association Presidents’ Award for her service to the community. This past November, Hollar was inducted into the Alexander County (N.C.) Sports Hall Of Fame.

Hollar received her undergraduate degree from Wingate University in 1996 and master’s degree from Morehead State University in 1997. Hollar and her husband, David, reside in Taylorsville, N.C.

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