Shawn Skelly is entering his second year at the helm of the NCAA women's hockey program at Adrian College heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
His first year behind the bench saw the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time in program history, culminating in a third-place finish. The Bulldogs won 24 games in the 2018-19 season, the third-most in team history and most by a first-year head coach. The team didn't lose a beat with a new coach, winning its fifth-straight NCHA regular season championship and fourth-straight playoff championship. Skelly oversaw Kelly O'Sullivan picking up All-American honors, along with four All-Conference and two All-Freshman selections by the NCHA. 10 Bulldogs were named NCHA All-Academic and senior Kortney Diaz tied for the lead in all of Division III in shorthanded goals. Under Skelly, the team reached No. 1 in the USCHO.com and d3hockey.com polls for the first time in history after beating No. 2-ranked Plattsburgh State for the first time in program history and No. 4-ranked Middlebury in one weekend.
In 2016-17, Skelly returned to his alma mater as a women's hockey assistant coach on Davis' staff. He helped Adrian to its first appearance in the NCAA national title game and a sweep of NCHA regular-season and tournament championships en route to a record-breaking 28-3 campaign. He mentored freshman blueliner Kelly O'Sullivan into All-America status who also was named the USCHO.com Division III Women's Rookie of the Year and Sydney Smith repeating All-America honors.
Jumping over to the men's side in 2017-18, Skelly was the top assistant on the coaching staff of his former linemate, Krug '12. Skelly worked with the AC defensemen and assisted Krug in all facets of the men's program to include recruiting, on-ice coaching, systems play, practice preparation and game planning. Skelly helped the Bulldogs give up the second-fewest goals in program history (54), ranking fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 1.80 goals per game a season ago. The penalty killing unit was seventh with an 88.5 percent success rate, and scored the third-most (7) shorthanded goals in Division III. Adrian captured the NCHA Peters Cup regular-season title for the fourth year in a row and finished fourth in the national rankings.
Prior to coming to Adrian for the 2016-17 season, Skelly played professional hockey for five teams--Mississippi Surge, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers, Alaska Aces and Macon Mayhem--from 2011 to 2016, appearing in the East Coast (ECHL) and Southern Professional hockey leagues (SPHL).
One of the most prolific point producers in NCAA Division III history, Skelly was a member of the inaugural Adrian College 2007-08 squad to finish his four-year career as the all-time leader in points (230), goals (102), game-winning goals (20), power-play goals (47), assists (128) and shots on goal (593). He ranks 29th in Division III point-scoring. The Wolverine Lake product was a four-time all-conference standout who was named the 2009 Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) Player of the Year as a sophomore, when he led NCAA Division III in scoring with 69 points en route to USCHO First Team All-America status. During his junior year, Skelly became the all-time points leader in MCHA (now known as the NCHA) history. His collegiate hockey career culminated with American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America First Team accolades after a 21+28=49 campaign and the 2011 Senior Male Athlete of the Year at the College. During his four seasons wearing an Adrian jersey, Adrian collected four consecutive MCHA regular season titles, four conference tournament championships, and a trip to the NCAA final four culminating with a loss in the national championship game in 2011.
Skelly graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2011.