Shay Fuson, who led the Cardinals to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships in 2007, now enters her fourth season as asst. coach. “With the return of Shay to the NIC softball program she has proven she can develop pitchers of multiple styles. The players she's worked with have become impact players for our program. Helping us continue our tradition of excellence. She brings a wealth of championship experience and great enthusiasm in what it means to be a Cardinal,” said Head Softball Coach Don Don Williams.
Fuson played at Timberline High School where she led that team to three state championship appearances (including a state championship win in 2005), was voted Most Valuable Player in 2006, and still holds the home run record (5). At NIC, Fuson led the team to a first-place regional championship and a second-place national championship in 2007. She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American in 2008, and still holds several records at NIC including first in career walks (78), second in career home runs (29), and third in both career RBIs (121) and triples (7). At Adelphi University, Fuson was voted the 2011 team MVP and had a team-high batting average of .373. In 2011, she received 2nd team All Conference honors, as well as finishing first on the team with 35 RBIs and 95 total bases as well as leading that team to the North East-10 conference championship playoffs in 2011.
Fuson graduated from NIC in 2009 and graduated with honors from Adelphi University in 2011.
Shay and her husband, Ben Fuson live in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.