Shelton State welcomes new sports programs, new coaches

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Shelton State Community College is expanding its sports offerings as well as hiring new coaches for those and other teams.

Kaitlin Griffin, who was most recently an assistant softball coach at Birmingham Southern College, is taking over head coaching duties for the softball team. Griffin has also been head softball coach at Oak Mountain High School and Mountain Brook High School.

“I plan to use my knowledge and experience to provide opportunities for Shelton State softball players,” said Griffin in a statement. “In addition to the primary skills of the game, the players will be encouraged in the areas of discipline, hard work, and enthusiasm.  We are going to do terrific things this season.”

Barry Colburn was hired is the head of Shelton State’s brand new cross country program. Colburn has more than 40 years of experience and has been part of programs at Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama, among others.

“I pride myself on being a successful recruiter and look forward to securing talent for what will be a robust program,” Colburn said in a statement.

Former assistant women’s basketball coach Chris Sanford has been tapped to lead the men’s and women’s golf teams, returning to Shelton State after a 21-year absence. Sanford has been serving at Shelton State for 22 years.

“I am very grateful and appreciative for the opportunity that Shelton State has given me to coach another sport that I truly love,” said Sanford in a statement.  “The goals for our program include building a solid foundation, competing for conference championships, making the national tournament, and hopefully adding to the championship tradition at SSCC.”

Shelton State athletics now includes men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, golf and competitive cheer.  Club sports include fishing and esports.

“This is a genuinely exciting time for Shelton State athletics,” said Shelton State Athletic Director Cara Crosslin. “The growth we are experiencing in programs and in leadership is directly related to the work of our current coaches and the support we have from our administration.  It is truly a great time to be a Buccaneer.”

You can learn more about Shelton State’s athletics programs right here.

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