Shane Davis, a Youngstown native, is in his first season as the pitching coach for the Youngstown State baseball program in 2018-19.
After playing collegiately at Eastern Michigan, Davis joined the Eagles as an assistant before moving on to coach at Cleveland State and Western Illinois. He and Head Coach Dan Bertolini were teammates at Poland Seminary High School in 2002.
Most recently, Davis served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Illinois from 2012-2017. During his time with the Leathernecks, he coached a pair of pitchers who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
After recording a school-record nine saves, Brian Loconsole was selected in the 20th round of 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Tyler Willman, who became the first WIU pitcher to receive first-team all-conference honors since 2006, was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 draft by the San Francisco Giants.
Under Davis' guidance, senior Tyler Owings became the program's all-time saves leader and earned Second Team All-Summit League honors in 2015 while true freshman Ian Koch was named to the league's second team in 2016.
During the 2014 season, Davis' pitchers earned four Summit League 'Pitcher of the Week' honors, the most in program history. He also played a major role in the development of Aaron Michel, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and finished the 2013 season with a school-record 1.23 ERA.
During his first season in Macomb, Davis served as the recruiting coordinator and aided in the recruitment of several players who became major contributors as freshmen for the Leathernecks in 2012.
Prior to joining the Western Illinois staff, Davis spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State. He helped coordinate the Vikings' recruiting efforts in the Midwest while also assisting with summer ball placement, travel and scheduling. He also served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers after Cleveland State's baseball program was dropped in May of 2011.
Davis arrived at Cleveland State after serving as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy, where he worked primarily with the bullpen and catchers, while also assisting with hitters. During his stint at Air Force, the team's catchers ranked first or second in the Mountain West Conference in every defensive category.
Davis has also served as the co-head coach of the Stark County Terriers, an elite 18-and-under summer league team that qualified for the ABCA Midland regional. He also coached the Varsity Shop Training Center Bullets, an 18-and-under team based out of Detroit, during the summer of 2008.
Additionally, he we worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater Eastern Michigan in 2008, coaching outfielders and assisting with hitters. He also served as a student assistant at EMU in 2007, working with pitchers and catchers.
During his time at EMU, he was part of a coaching staff that went 36-12 in the Mid-American Conference, including a regular season championship and tournament runner-up finish in 2007. The group won the MAC West Division title and the MAC tournament championship in 2008 to earn a berth in the Ann Arbor Regional.
Davis was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher for Eastern Michigan, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. He earned his master's degree in Communication from Western Illinois in 2015.
Eric Bunnell | Volunteer Assistant Coach/Camp Coordinator
Eric Bunnell, a Northeast Ohio native, is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Youngstown State baseball program in 2018-19.
Bunnell served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Chicago in 2018 and has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience.
With Bunnell on the staff last season, UChicago tied the school record for wins in a season by posting a 26-13 record while the offense scored eight runs per game. Outfielder Maximiliano Larsen was named as an All-Region selection by D3baseball.com after ranking second in the nation with 23 doubles. Larsen also broke the school record for career doubles with 60.
In addition to working with the Maroons’ hitters, Bunnell also worked with the defense and base runners.
Bunnell spent the 2014-17 seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. where he worked with infielders and base runners. The Pumas went 35-22 in 2017 on their way to earning berths in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) tournament and the NCAA Tournament. The Pumas posted a .968 fielding percentage in 2015, which was the program’s highest mark in more than a decade.
Prior to joining the staff at SJC, Bunnell served as the top assistant at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, from 2011-13. During his tenure, the program won 66 games over a three-year span and qualified for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament in back-to-back seasons. The Storm set a school record for wins in 2012 with 27.
In 2009 and 2010, Bunnell was an assistant coach at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The Cardinals won the 2010 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship on their way to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Bunnell got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Mount Union, during the 2005-08 seasons. During that span, the Purple Raiders tied the school record for wins twice and made two conference tournament appearances.
In 2008, Bunnell was named Manager of the Year in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League after guiding the Stark County Terriers to a franchise-best 27 victories. Since 2004, 20 of his former players have gone on to play professionally.
During his playing career at Mount Union, Bunnell earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in 2003 and was named to the All-Tournament team in 2002 after helping lead the Purple Raiders to the conference championship game.
A native of Conneaut, Ohio, Bunnell earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Mount Union as well as a master’s degree in liberal studies from North Central College. He was recently married to Alyson (Kieffer) Bunnell.