Shotzberger, VanAllen Earn Promotions

July 28, 2017

HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball Head Coach Todd Whitting has announced the promotion of Ryan Shotzberger to Assistant Coach and Cory VanAllen to Director of Player Development.

Shotzberger, formally the program's Director of Player Development, has been elevated to Assistant Coach following the departure of longtime assistant Trip Couch. Shotzberger is a familiar face to the Houston program having spent the last six seasons in Scarlet and White.

"Coach [Ryan] Shotzberger is well deserving and has earned this opportunity to become a member of our coaching staff," Whitting said. "He will be a great representative of the core values of our program and our current and future student-athletes will reap great benefits under his guidance."

VanAllen, a former professional baseball player who played collegiately at Baylor, assumes the new role of Director of Player Development after serving as a manager the last two seasons while completing his undergraduate degree.

"I am extremely pleased to elevate Cory VanAllen to the position of Director of Player Development," Whitting said. "Cory's energy, attitude and experience as a great college and professional player, will be a huge benefit for our program."

Ryan Shotzberger
In this new role as assistant coach, Shotzberger will oversee player offensive development.

Shotzberger has spent the last four seasons as the program's Director of Player Development and the two years prior to that as the volunteer assistant coach. He helped Houston to four American Athletic Conference Championship titles, three 40-win seasons, a Super Regional appearance and two NCAA Regional host bids.

Prior to Houston, Shotzberger spent five years on staff at TCU with Whitting.

Shotzberger has been a part of several successful programs during his time with Houston and TCU. In total, has helped those programs to seven 40+ win seasons, 11 Conference Championships, seven NCAA Regionals, three NCAA Super Regionals and one College World Series berth.

While with the Horned Frogs, he coached the catchers, assisted with the hitters, threw batting practice, manned the bullpen during games and filled in as the first base coach. Also during his time at TCU, Shotzberger tutored three All-Conference catchers in Andrew Walker, Josh Elander and Bryan Holaday, the 2010 Johnny Bench Award recipient.

Shotzberger spent the 2006 season on the Duke staff. While in Durham, he was responsible for coaching the infielders, hitters, base runner and catchers.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Shotzberger attended McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. A four-year letterwinner at shortstop, he earned First-Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2003 and 2004 as well as being named the team MVP.

Shotzberger graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2004 from McDaniel College. He and his wife, Angie, reside in Houston and are expecting their first child in December.

In the role as Director of Player Development, VanAllen will oversee day-to-day duties within the program and assist in a variety of rules in the development of the student-athletes.

VanAllen is no stranger to the program after spending the last two seasons as a student manager while completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston. He helped the Cougars to a 2017 Championship season that featured a regular-season conference championship and a tournament title as well as the right to host an NCAA Regional.

Prior to coming on board at Houston, VanAllen played professionally for the Sugar Land Skeeters from April 2014 to October 2015. A native of Sugar Land, Texas, VanAllen returned to his hometown after a spending the previous seven years playing professionally in the Washington Nationals organization.

Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft, VanAllen played seven seasons, having spent the 2012 season with Triple-A Syracuse.

VanAllen was an All-Conference pitcher at Baylor from 2003-06, where he earned numerous postseason honors and notched his name into the Baylor records book. A local product out of Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, VanAllen was a 3rd round draft selection in 2003 by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school but chose to attend Baylor.

VanAllen earned a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision with a focus in kinesiology from the University of Houston in 2017. VanAllen and wife Catrina have a daughter, Easton.

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