Hometown: Bellevue, Neb.
Alma Mater: Peru State College
Shawn Semler was officially introduced as Concordia University's head softball coach in June of 2018. He completed his second season with the Bulldogs in 2019-20.
Semler inherited a talented roster that went on to finish the 2019 season with an overall record of 28-12, making it the fourth squad in school history with a .700 or better winning percentage. Concordia placed third during the GPAC regular season behind first team all-conference performers Hhana Haro, Tori Homolka and Brittany Woolridge. The 2020 team went 12-2 before the remainder of the season was canceled.
While Semler’s roots are in Nebraska as a Bellevue native, his most recent college coaching appearance came at Southwest Minnesota State University, an NCAA Division II school located in Marshall, Minn. Over eight seasons leading the Mustangs, Semler guided the program to five Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC) titles and departed as the winningest coach in school history (241-160). His tenure also saw him win four NSIC coach of the year awards and take the team to four NCAA tournaments.
Additionally, Semler proved successful in a six-year stint (1997-2003) as the head coach at College of Saint Mary. During his run in Omaha, Semler produced three Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) regular-season titles and two league tournament championships while being named the conference’s coach of the year three times. The Flames reached the MCAC tournament championship game each season under Semler's leadership.
In 10 years of high school coaching, Semler positively impacted the softball programs at Bellevue East, Marian, Bennington and Waverly. In those experiences, Semler turned around a fledgling Bellevue East program, made two state tournament appearances at Marian, defeated the eventual state champion in each of three campaigns at Bennington and then led Waverly to an Eastern Midlands Conference tournament championship (first in school history) and a final state ranking of seventh.
Semler earned his bachelor of science from Peru State College and his master of science from Lesley University. His high school teaching résumé includes service in special education and computers and physical education. While simultaneously coaching at Southwest Minnesota State, Semler worked as a professor in the business department.
Shawn and his wife Kim have a son Toby Semler. Shawn also has a step daughter Bradi Betancur and a step son Braxton Betancur.
Hometown: Roseville, Calif.
Alma Mater: Mayville State University (N.D.)
Breanna Martinez completed her first season as a graduate assistant coach on the Concordia University softball staff in 2019-20. She closed her first season as an assistant softball coach at her alma mater, Mayville State University, in 2018-19. Martinez aided a 2019 Comets squad that set a new school record for wins in a season.
Martinez transferred to Mayville State prior to the 2016-2017 season and played out her junior and senior campaigns with the Comets. She primarily played third base while providing the versatility to play all over the diamond. Over 71 career games with Mayville State, Martinez collected 32 hits, three home runs and 14 RBIs while posting a .975 fielding percentage. She graduated from Mayville State with a bachelor of science in fitness and wellness and a minor in coaching.
In the summer of 2018, Breeana was selected to represent the USA through USA Athletes International, allowing her the opportunity to travel to Prague, Czech Republic, and play softball for a week.
Breeana is the daughter of Ray and Yvette Martinez. She has a younger sister Rae Martinez. Breeana is currently pursuing her master’s degree in athletic administration.
Hometown: Windsor, Colo.
Alma Mater: Doane University
Following a career as a student-athlete at rival Doane University, Bre Hamilton joined the Concordia University Softball staff beginning in 2020-21.
Hamilton pitched for the Tigers over the past four years and posted a 4.68 ERA over 137.2 innings. She recorded a career high of 10 strikeouts versus Indiana Tech in March of 2019. Hamilton also posted a nine-strikeout game against Concordia in March of 2017. Her coaching experience includes serving as a volunteer coach for softball teams in her home state of Colorado.
The Windsor native achieved Dean’s List status in 2018 and earned her bachelors of arts from Doane in K-12 Endorsement. She is currently pursuing her master's in School Counseling from Concordia. Bre is the daughter of Brenda and Phil Lange and Brian and Dawn Hamilton. Bre has two sisters: Zoe and Brooke.
Hometown: Friend, Neb.
Billy Baugh completed his third season on staff with Concordia University Softball in 2020. Baugh serves as the program’s hitting instructor and also works with outfielders.
Baugh possesses more than 30 years of experience in coaching between the collegiate, high school and youth levels. His collegiate coaching service included a stint from 2006 through 2009 as assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Doane. The 2009 team led the GPAC in batting average while the 2006 and 2008 teams qualified for regionals under a different format than the NAIA currently employs.
While with the Bulldogs, Baugh has aided in the development in star hitters such as first team all-conference infielders Hhana Haro and Tori Homolka. Haro was named the 2018 GPAC Player of the Year in her freshman season. During the shortened 2020 season, Concordia batted .363 and averaged more than 8.0 runs per game. Camry Moore (who hit .422) was also showing signs of elevating to star status.
A fixture within the Friend, Neb., softball community, Baugh has coached at Friend High School and within the town at the youth level. As Assistant Softball Coach at Friend, Baugh helped the 2009 squad to a Class C state championship and was part of teams that had a combined 69-18 overall record. Baugh has also been a successful select coach for many years having served as Head Coach of the Nebraska Aftershock from 2005-12, compiling a record of 499-112 with state championships in five different seasons. In addition, he’s coached, as head or assistant, the Nebraska Nemesis and Nebraska Blue Diamonds select teams and has experience coaching baseball and basketball.
Baugh owns a coaching certificate from Chadron State University and is an alum of Friend High School. States Baugh, “I think of myself as a teacher before a coach.”
Billy is married to Peggy Baugh. They have a son Brett and two daughters, Jordyn and Brooke (member of the Concordia volleyball team).
Hometown: Crete, Neb.
Alan Moore serves as the pitching coach on the Concordia University Softball staff. His daughter Camry is a member of the team.
Moore is well-established within the local softball community as someone who has coached softball select level teams for 12 years with the Nebraska Gold and Nebraska Fury. He has also spent nine years as an assistant coach for the Crete High School softball team, which has made three-straight state tournament trips and won the Class B state title in 2017. In addition, Moore provides individual softball lessons. Moore himself is a Crete High School alum.
Alan is married to Dede Moore, a Crete Public School teacher. Alan and Dede have a daughter Carissa, a former Doane student-athlete, in addition to their daughter Camry.