The Western Nebraska Pioneers announced the hiring of Shane Sharkey as the team’s Head Coach for the 2024 season. Sharkey becomes the fifth coach in Pioneers history.
“Mayra and I interviewed a number of very well-qualified potential coaches over the last few weeks,” Pioneers owner Chuck Heeman said. “Shane stood out as someone not only with on-field and recruiting experience, but experience in leading young men on and off the field. His success at Nebraska-Kearney, Dallas-Brookhaven and as a player gives him the kind of background we’ve been looking for and we feel fortunate to be working with him.”
Sharkey started his college coaching career in 2016-17 as assistant coach at his alma mater Nebraska-Kearney for one season before the school dropped its baseball program. He was then named assistant baseball coach at his junior college alma mater, Dallas College-Brookhaven in 2018. He served as an assistant coach on the 2021 team that was ranked fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III rankings, and won the Dallas Athletic Conference. He coached on the 2019 team that reached the NJCAA DIII World Series.
As a player, Sharkey was a member of the 2013 Dallas-Brookhaven team that reached the NJCAA DIII World Series, earning All-American honors at second base. He finished his college career at Kearney, then played professional independent baseball in the Pecos League. He was named an All-Star his rookie season and helped his team win the league championship.
“I’m really excited and thankful for this opportunity,” Sharkey said. “I can’t wait to get to Gering and be back in the great state of Nebraska coaching college baseball. I’ve heard great things about this team, league and fan base. I can’t wait to help it grow and win games. God bless.”
Sharkey is recently married to his wife Becca and has a baby girl on the way.