New Penn State Altoona women's basketball coach announced

Casey Shoup has been named the new head coach of varsity women’s basketball at Penn State Altoona for the 2013-14 season. Shoup was an assistant coach for the team more than two years.

“Having been an assistant coach for the team, Casey is familiar with our women’s basketball program and many of the student-athletes,” said Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina M. Ingold. “She has been recruiting and working hard in preparation for the upcoming season, and I am sure she will continue to move the women’s basketball program in a positive direction. I look forward to working with her.”

Shoup has a strong basketball background in the region. She graduated from Altoona Area High School (AAHS), where she was a member of the varsity girls basketball team from 1996 to 1999. During her time at AAHS, she helped the Lady Lions win a District VI AAAA championship and finish as state finalists in 1998.

Shoup continued her playing career at Juniata College, where she was a three-year starter and ranks eighth all-time in three-point field goals and seventh all-time in assists. She graduated from Juniata with a degree in education/business management.

“I’m truly grateful and excited to be chosen as the new head women’s basketball coach at Penn State Altoona,” said Shoup. “To have the opportunity to be a positive influence on these wonderful student-athletes and to share my knowledge and passion for the game is simply awesome. I’m appreciative of all the support that my family, friends, and the Penn State Altoona athletics department have given me.”

Shoup’s coaching experience began in 2009, when she was an assistant coach with the Bellwood-Antis High School varsity girls basketball team for two years. She went on to coach with the PA Pride girls basketball program, where she currently serves as a head coach. She also volunteers as an AAU basketball coach.

Penn State Altoona women’s basketball opens its 2013-14 season on the road Friday, Nov. 15 in the Mary Washington University Tournament. The home opener is 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 against Saint Vincent College.

Last Updated July 03, 2013