Shana Welch, a three-time member of the American Water Polo Coaches Association All-America Team at the University of Michigan, is in her first season as assistant men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Bucknell.
Welch, a 2007 Michigan graduate with a degree in sociology, spent 2007-08 as a strength and conditioning intern coach, following a year of professional water polo in Perth, Australia, with the UWA Perth Comets. During the summer of 2007, Welch served as a volunteer trainer for the strength and conditioning program at Michigan, and in 2007 and 2008 Welch was a coach at Michigan's water polo camp.
Over her four years as a student-athlete at Michigan, Welch established herself as one of the best players in Wolverine water polo history. She established new program records for career goals (297) and points (393), served as team captain in 2006 and 2007 and was a three-time MVP of the CWPA Western Division. Welch also excelled outside of the pool, receiving the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award in 2006 and 2007.
A native of Larksville, Pa., Welch achieved All-America recognition from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events while a student at Wyoming Valley West High School. Her 14 years of competitive swimming experience helped her to become a four-time conference swimmer of the year and she received 15 PIAA District II swimming medals, while also winning four letters each in water polo and soccer.