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BARRY UNIVERSITY • SCHOOL OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND LEISURE SCIENCES •
FALL 2013
HPLS Alumni
Shelly Hoerner
, an Alumna of Barry Universi-
ty’s Sport Management program and former Head
Women’s Softball Coach, was recently named Geor-
gia Tech’s head softball coach, and is the fifth
full-time head coach in the program’s history.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an out-
standing player for the Buccaneers. In two years at Bar-
ry University (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games.
An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry ad-
vance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World
Series, where the Buccaneers finished in fifth place. In
her two seasons at Barry, Hoerner struck out just six
times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collect-
ing 30 RBI. Hoerner also gained both professional and
world experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal
Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France, during the sum-
mer. She played catcher and helped guide the team to
a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.
From 2000-2005, Hoerner was a successful head
coach at Barry University, compiling a cumulative re-
cord of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Con-
ference championships in 2002 and 2003, and she
was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for
both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title
and was selected as the regional Coach of the Year.
After her stint with the Bucs, Hoerner compiled a re-
cord of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a
105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. The Southern
Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, Hoerner led the
Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the South-
ern Conference, last season. During her time at College
of Charleston, Hoerner coached the Southern Confer-
ence Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009, and the SoCon
Pitcher of the Year in 2011. Her Cougar teams were run-
ner-up in the Southern Conference Tournament in 2011
and 2012. Her career record in 14 years overall is 458-326.
“We are excited to have Shelly Hoerner take over the reins
of our softball program,” athletic director Mike Bobinski
said. “She demonstrated a great understanding of and ap-
preciation for Georgia Tech, and her passion to become
our head coachwas evident. We have every confidence that
she is the right person to lead our program to new heights.
A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also
holds a Master’s degree from Barry (2003). Ho-
erner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999.
Hoerner Named Head Coach at Georgia Tech
Amy Diaz
, a graduate of HPLS Sport Management/
MBADual Degree Program, met with President Barack
Obama at The White House, this past Spring. Diaz is
an American beauty queen who competed in the Miss
USA pageant in 2008 and Miss Earth United States
2009. She was recognized at the White House for the
work she continues to do for several charitable orga-
nizations such as the Save the Bay, A Wish Come True,
Groundwork Providence, Breast Cancer Awareness,
and AIDS Project RI as an HIV Prevention Educator.
In 2013, Amy was nominated for The Leuke-
mia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the
Year Award, and she raised close to $10,000 in a
10-week period to help cure leukemia, lympho-
ma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve
the quality of life of patients and their families.
Diaz, along with her boyfriend Jason Case, is part of the
cast of the twenty-third installment of the reality tele-
vision show
The Amazing Race
. The season premiered
on September 29, 2013, at 8:15 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Amy believes that “a woman who serves is also a wom-
an who leads” which enables her to empower herself
and others.
Barry Alumna Meets President Obama
Amy Diaz (07’) and President Obama
1,2,3,4,5,6 8,9,10,11,12
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