GSW welcomes three new assistant coaches

Published 12:05 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019

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AMERICUS – Georgia Southwestern State University athletics has hired three new assistant coaches. These new assistant coaches are bringing in new talent and experience to the rapidly growing GSW athletic department.

Cole Clearman, Madison Ragan and Eric Shepherd will be taking on assistant coaching roles this upcoming season.

Clearman, a native of Bettendorf, IA, is beginning his first season as the assistant men’s basketball coach under first-year head men’s basketball coach Aaron Coombs. Clearman will also serve as the head coach of the newly installed men’s cross country team.

Clearman comes to GSW from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, an NCAA Division II school in Goodwell, OK. While at OPSU, Clearman served as the men’s assistant basketball coach under Coombs, who was the men’s head basketball coach at OPSU during the 2018-19 season. Both Coombs and Clearman guided the Aggies to a 16-14 record and earned the program’s first conference playoff berth since the 2005-06 season. During his playing career, Clearman was a four-year letter winner at Missouri Western from 2014-18.

Madison Ragan comes to GSW from Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA, where she served as the assistant softball coach. Ragan will serve in that same capacity in the GSW softball program. A native of Coleman, GA, Ragan was drafted to play professional softball in the first American Softball Association (ASBA) draft in 2018 by Team Outkast, who won the regular season championship. While playing in the ASBA, Ragan was the 2018 leader in games finished in the circle with a 1.043 slugging percentage and hit five home runs.

Ragan played college softball at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, where she was selected to the All-ASUN First Team in 2017. She led the Lady Dolphins in doubles and had the team’s top batting average (.346) her senior year. Prior to attending JU, Ragan went to Chipola College in Marianna, FL. While at CC, Ragan was a two-time First Team All-Panhandle selection and was also named as a First Team All-State selection as an At-Large player. Ragan is second in CC history in home runs and recorded the nation’s lowest ERA during her freshman year.

Ragan graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Marketing and Criminal Justice.

Eric Shepherd joins the Hurricanes as the assistant men’s soccer coach under first-year head coach Eric Crawford. Shepherd will serve as the goalkeeper coach for the Hurricanes. A native of Allen, TX, Shepherd recently spent three years coaching at his alma mater, Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, OK.

Shepherd was a three-year letter winner with the River Hawks and was named to the 2013 All-MIAA Honorable Mention Team as he played in 22 matches with 15 starts in goal. Shepherd recorded a career record of 10-3-4 and owns a career 1.04 goals against average, along with a .759 saving percentage. Shepherd ended his career with 63 saves, while only allowing 20 goals in 1,726:35 minutes played.

Shepherd was the winning goalkeeper for NSU in the 2012 Round of 16. It was the first victory in NSU’s history in the NCAA Championship.