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Alison Van Scyoc
Head Coach

Alison Van Scyoc is in her third season as the head coach of the Shippensburg University softball team in 2019.
 
Van Scyoc has directed the Raiders to back-to-back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament appearances in her first two seasons at the helm, compiling a 51-42 record.
 
Among the players Van Scyoc has instructed are Courtney Coy, the 2018 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year, and 2018 NFCA All-Region honorees Kayla Bonawitz and Tara Bicko.  The Raiders have had nine All-PSAC honorees in two seasons under Van Scyoc.
 
In Van Scyoc’s debut season, the Raiders won 29 games. SU finished fourth at the PSAC Championships, posting a 3-2 record, and ended up just shy of the NCAA Tournament at No. 9 in the final Atlantic Regional rankings. SU finished third in the PSAC Eastern Division with an 8-8 record, only behind NCAA Tournament qualifiers West Chester and Kutztown.
 
Van Scyoc was named the Shippensburg University softball head coach on Sept. 21, 2016 after spending four seasons as an assistant coach with the Raiders, providing assistance in all areas of instruction and game preparation while also playing an integral role with the team's strength and conditioning efforts.
 
She originally joined the SU staff for the 2013 season after completing her playing career as a four-year varsity starter with the University of Virginia. She was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Academic Team selection and served as a team captain in her final two seasons with the Cavaliers.
 
With the Cavaliers, Van Scyoc played in 199 career games, making 194 starts. She scored 92 runs, stole 60 bases and collected 28 RBIs during her tenure. As a senior, she started all 55 games for the Cavaliers and hit .276, scored 32 runs, stole 19 bases and did not commit an error.
 
Van Scyoc is a native of Shippensburg and earned four varsity letters playing for the Greyhounds of Shippensburg Area Senior High school, where she earned four All Mid-Penn Conference honors playing shortstop or catcher.
 
Alison is married to Craig Van Scyoc '12, a former SU men's basketball player who played for the Raiders from 2008-12. The couple are the proud parents of two boys, Lennox and Landry.

Danielle Thacker
Assistant Coach

Danielle Thacker is in her first season as the primary assistant coach for the Shippensburg University softball team in 2019.
 
Thacker arrived at Shippensburg from Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Virginia, a junior college at which she served as the head softball coach and an assistant to the athletics department. She began as an assistant coach at Richard Bland for the 2018 season before being elevated to the role of head coach earlier in the year.
 
Prior to Richard Bland, Thacker spent 2017 as the pitching coach at Shepherd during a season in which the Rams went 41-22 and advanced to the Atlantic 1 Regional Championship Game. With Shepherd, Thacker instructed a staff that compiled a 2.23 team earned run average (ERA) with 265 strikeouts. Two pitchers earned Mountain East Conference (MEC) All-Tournament Team honors, including one who garnered All-Atlantic Region and All-MEC accolades.
 
Thacker is well versed in all aspects of coaching. At Shepherd, she was involved with practice planning, outfield instruction, pitcher evaluation, pitch calling and charting, and game analysis. She has also handled numerous administrative duties, including travel planning and budget assistance.
 
As a collegiate athlete, Thacker played four years of Division I softball at the University of New Mexico (1997-2000). Thacker remains ranked among the Top 10 all-time for the Lobos in 20 career statistical categories spanning hitting and pitching.
 
A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Team selection, Thacker won 51 games and recorded 348 strikeouts as a pitcher while batting .342 with 26 home runs and 143 RBIs at the plate. She threw a perfect game in 1999, and graduated with New Mexico’s school record for career RBIs.
 
Thacker’s first coaching experience came in 2003-04 with her alma mater. In recent years, Thacker has coached in the Mid-Atlantic Region. After serving as an assistant at Moravian from 2012-13, Thacker spent 2015-16 as a pitching coach at Wilkes.
 
Additionally, Thacker has more than 15 years of experience as a private instructor. She has worked with Creating Aces (2013-17) in West Virginia and Maryland, and Triple Crown Sports (2001-03) in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Thacker played professionally in Forli, Italy for Forli Softball (2000), earning MVP and Best Hitter honors at the Championship Tournament.
 
A native of Long Beach, Cal., Thacker earned her bachelor of arts in university studies from New Mexico in 2000. She and her husband, Chad, have a son, Garrett, and a daughter, Peyton.

Dina Chiappelli
Assistant Coach

Dina Chiappelli is in her third year as an assistant coach with the Shippensburg University softball team in 2019.
 
Chiappelli specializes in offensive skill instruction, assists with infield and outfield instruction, and plays a primary role in the scouting and recruiting process for prospective student athletes. As a coach, Chiappelli believes in hitting with a positive mindset and adopts a positive approach to hitting instruction.
 
Chiappelli played collegiate softball at Alvernia from 2008-11, playing a variety of positions including shortstop, second base and center field. As a junior, Chiappelli ranked fourth on the team in batting average -- a feat she also achieved as a sophomore as one of just two Crusaders to start in every game.
 
A native of Shippensburg, Pa., Chiappelli graduated from Shippensburg Area Senior High School in 2007 where she played field hockey, basketball, and softball at the varsity level. She was a 2007 Mid-Penn Conference First Team All Star and a Mid-Penn Conference Scholar-Athlete.
 
Chiappelli works as a logistics specialist at Cargill in Shippensburg, Pa. She is the daughter of Gerry and Shawn Chiappelli and has one brother, Matt, a 2016 SU graduate who worked as a student assistant coach with the Red Raider football team and has been an assistant coach with Alvernia Football for the last three seasons.