Kirk Shellhouse arrived at Oglethorpe as the head cross country/track and field coach in the summer of 2015 and immediately saw dividends in the track and field program.
In 2018-19, Shellhouse coached his charges to five SAA event titles at the SAA Track and Field Championships, including senior Arielle Shaw in the women's triple jump, freshman Bryce McNealey in the men's 400 meters, Toju Etiwe in the men's long jump, and a victory in the men's 4-by-400 relay. Etiwe earned SAA Men's Field Athlete of the Year and SAA Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year honors, as well.
He also coached Shaw and McNealey to appearances at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, marking the first career appearance for McNealey in the 400 meters and the third career appearance for Shaw in the triple jump.
Shellhouse also led his men's cross country team to second place at the SAA Cross Country Championships in 2018, and to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regionals. The Stormy Petrels also qualified an individual for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships for the first time since 1994.
Before taking over at Oglethorpe, Shellhouse coached at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as the cross country/track and field assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. While there, his teams won men’s and women’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) championships in outdoor track and field in 2015. In addition, he coached four All-Region cross country honorees, 23 total All-SCAC honorees and seven SCAC individual championship winners.
Before his stay at Trinity, he worked as the assistant coach at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, from 2012 to 2014, where he was a part of teams that won the women’s outdoor and indoor track and field championships in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2014. While there, he also received his master of arts in education in 2014.
Shellhouse also served as an assistant coach at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, in the spring of 2011, as well as serving as a head and assistant coach at the high school level in Ohio. He holds a USATF Level 1 and USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy Technical coaching certifications.
Shellhouse received a Bachelor of Science in history and education from Heidelberg University in 2010. While at Heidelberg, his team captured Ohio Athletic Conference cross country and track and field championships in 2009 and 2010. Shellhouse was on teams that took part in four NCAA Division III cross country championships and one Division III track and field championship as a student-athlete. He served as a student assistant coach for the program in the fall of 2010. Shellhouse was also a member of Heidelberg’s Excelsior Men’s Society as an undergraduate student.
Kirk currently resides in nearby Duluth.
Shellhouse Teams By the Numbers:
61 All-SAA performers (Track and field - 29 women, 24 men; cross country - 7 men, 1 women)
6 SAA Newcomers of the Year
1 SAA Field Athlete of the Year
8 South/Southeast All-Region performers
4 NCAA qualifiers
5 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees