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    Shawn Semler


    Head Softball Coach

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    Head Softball Coach

    Hometown: Bellevue, Neb.
    Alma Mater: Peru State College

    Shawn Semler was officially introduced as Concordia University's head softball coach on June 29, 2018. He completed his first season with the Bulldogs in 2018-19.

    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.

    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.

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    Elizabeth Barkel


    Graduate Assistant Softball Coach

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    Graduate Assistant Softball Coach

    Hometown: Clinton, Mich.
    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Ann Arbor

    Elizabeth Barkel finished her first season as a staff member for the Concordia University softball program in 2018-19 following her own playing career at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. Barkel helped steer the Bulldogs to a 28-12 overall record and third-place GPAC finish in 2019.

    A three-year starter for the Cardinals, Barkel played primarily first base. She concluded her career ranked third in program history for both career home runs (17) and home runs in a single season (seven in 2018). Her 822 career putouts also rank third all-time in CUAA history. Barkel graduated from CUAA with a marketing degree.

    In May 2018, Barkel was selected to represent the USA through USAAI, giving her the opportunity to travel to Aruba and play softball for a week.

    Elizabeth is the daughter of Dammond and Lisa Barkel. She is currently pursuing her masters in athletic administration.

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