Coach David Shelton came to Walters State in the 2003. Prior to Walters State, he served as an assistant at East Tennessee State University for five years, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Coach Shelton is a native of Erwin, Tenn. and played collegiate baseball at Milligan College, where he is among the career leaders in many offensive categories. At Milligan, Shelton earned degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science.
Coach Shelton spent 10 seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Walters State, working under the legendary Ken Campbell. During his tenure as assistant, the Senators compiled a record of 471 – 118, for a .800 winning percentage, and made 4 trips to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The Senators won the national championship in 2006. Coach Shelton recruited and coached 50 players who were drafted by major league baseball teams. Since 2006, Coach Shelton has also served as an associate scout for the Atlanta Braves, with 16 former Senators having signed with the Braves.
Coach Shelton became head coach at Walters State in 2014. That year, the Senators compiled a 43-18 record. Fourteen players signed with four-year schools, including 11 Division I signees. Four players were also selected in the MLB draft, including second-round pick Brent Honeywell to the Tampa Bay Rays and fourth-round pick Brett Martin to the Texas Rangers.
In 2015, in Coach Shelton’s 2nd season as Head Coach, he led the Senators to an overall record of 57-12, the second most wins in school history. In the process, the Senators made their 7th trip to the Juco World Series in Grand Junction, earning a 3rd place finish. The Senators also won the TCCAA Regular Season Championship, the NJCAA Region VII Tournament Championship, and the NJCAA East Central District Championship. Shelton was named TCCAA Coach of the Year as well as East Central District Coach of the Year. The Senators had 3 players (Matt Pope, Reed Hayes, and Dylan Horne) drafted by Major League Baseball. They also had 10 players sign with 4-year schools, 8 Division I signees, and 5 sign with SEC or ACC schools.
Coach Shelton is married to the former Stefanie Reynolds and they have one son, Dalton, and one daughter, Madison.
Sean Robinson joined Walters State in 2014 as pitching coach. Under Coach Robinson’s guidance the pitching staff has had six pitchers taken in the MLB Draft including Brent Honeywell (2nd round) and Brett Martin (4th round). Walters State’s pitching staff has also seen 10 players move onto Division 1 Schools. In 2015, the Senators’ staff set the school record for strikeouts with 568, which also led the country. In 2016, Coach Robinson helped Jake Miednik become the NJCAA National Pitcher of the year.
Before Walters State, Coach Robinson played at Milligan College for four years. After playing, he was a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Carson Newman University. Coach Robinson graduated from Milligan College with an undergrad in Business Administration in 2013 as well with an MBA in December 2014.
A native of Knoxville, TN, Coach Robinson attended Central High School where he graduated in 2009. He now lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, Krista.
Dan Skirka is entering his third year on the staff at Walters State. In his previous two seasons, he has helped the Senators to back to back conference championships, as well as a 3rd place national finish in 2015. Overall, Walters State has won 104 games at a .787 winning percentage. The Senators have also had back to back conference players of the year. In the past two seasons, Skirka has helped the offense break seven of the school’s fourteen offensive records. In 2016, the offense ranked in the top 20 in 7 different offensive categories. In 2015, the offense ranked in the top 10 nationally in 10 different offensive categories. Also, in the past two seasons, there have been 15 players to move on to division one schools and four players drafted in the major league baseball amateur draft.
Prior to joining Walters State, Dan spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Murray State (KY) University. He previously coached at Ouachita Baptist University and Grand Rapids Community College. A native of Union City, Mich., Coach Skirka played his college ball at Kellogg Community College and Grand Valley State University. A four-year starter at shortstop, Coach Skirka was named team captain, all-conference, all-region and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year both at KCC and GVSU. He was also a part of three conference championship teams.
In his first season at Murray State, Coach Skirka helped guide an offense that set new school records for hits, runs scored, doubles, RBIs and total bases, while also having the fifth-best batting average in school history. Also, during his tenure at Murray State, Skirka had two freshmen All-Americans, an OVC Pitcher of the Year and an OVC Player of the Year.
During the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University (AR), he worked mainly with hitters and outfielders. Under his guidance, the Tigers went 37-20 and were paced by the Gulf South West Division Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Coach Skirka spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach at Grand Rapids Community College (MI). He worked with the hitters, infielders and outfielders, and helped the Raiders to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
He graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State with a bachelor's degree in group social studies. He completed his master's degree in human development and leadership from Murray State in 2010.
He is married to the former Kelsey Hanson and the couple has one son, Keegan.