Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Athletics Department
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John Sung

In just two seasons in Blacksburg, John Sung has taken the Virginia Tech lacrosse program to new heights, including its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2018 as the Hokies advanced into the Second Round.


Sung’s Hokies have reset records for wins in a season, ACC wins, goals against average, point scored and goals scored in a single season and Sung, a former goalie, helped Meagh Graham set the program record for lowest goals against average in a season at 9.64 during the 2017 campaign.


In his first season in Blacksburg, Sung engineered the best turnaround in program history winning six more games than the previous season. In 2017, the Hokies won 11 games, equaling the tally of the 1999 squad and reaching double figure wins for the first time since 2012. The team set program records in several categories including ACC wins in a season, goals scored, and points scored.


Hired on May 27, 2016, Sung joined Virginia Tech after building the Winthrop University program from scratch beginning in May of 2011. He oversaw the program’s rapid ascent as a regional powerhouse after beginning competition in 2013. In the program’s third season, Sung led Winthrop to a 17-4 record, as the Eagles qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles. In 2016, Winthrop went 20-3, winning the Big South Tournament championship and advancing to another NCAA Tournament. The 2016 season marked the team’s second consecutive Big South regular-season and tournament titles.


The 2015 and 2016 Big South Coach of the Year, Sung formerly was the chair of the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Committee and also serves on the U.S. Lacrosse Convention Education Committee. His 2015 squad set Big South single-season records for points, goals (314), free-position goals (67), shots (633), shots on goal (459), ground balls (384), draw controls (312), and caused turnovers (213). In 2016, Winthrop scored 301 goals, including 58 free-position goals. The Eagles set Big South single-season marks for shots (662), ground balls (434), and caused turnovers (266).


In addition to compiling a 54-26 overall record at Winthrop, Sung led the Haudenosaunee Nation to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup held in Canada. The team finished in seventh place out of a total of 19 teams. He also coached the team in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse in the Czech Republic.


Sung’s ascent as an NCAA coach began at Division III Adrian College in Michigan, where he started the program from the ground up and compiled a 46-19 overall record. His 2011 squad started the season 1-4 before registering 15 consecutive victories to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. After posting a 6-7 overall record in its first season in 2008, the program went 10-4 in 2009, 14-3 in 2010 and 16-5 in 2011.


Before beginning the program at Adrian College, Sung spent five years as the assistant women’s club lacrosse coach at the University of Michigan, setting the groundwork for that program to eventually become a varsity sport in the Big Ten. The Wolverines accumulated a 93-22 record during this tenure.


A longtime trainer of goalies, Sung has held various coaching positions with Birmingham Seaholm High School and the Detroit Lacrosse Club. He has been the assistant director of the Great Lakes Women’s Lacrosse Camp since 1997. In addition to his work at various levels in the lacrosse community, Sung has a wealth of sales and management experience in the private sector.


Sung was the starting goalkeeper of the Oakland University lacrosse team in 1997 and 1998 and was also a two-year captain. He was also member of two International Cup U16 championship teams in 1993 and 1994. He completed his degree in Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Oakland in 2007.


Sung, who resides in Blacksburg with his wife Tina, has three stepsons; Darek, Devin and Zachary, and a daughter, Abby.

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Amanda Shimp

Entering her third year at Virginia Tech, Shimp helped the Hokies engineer the most successful season in 18 years in 2017 by winning 11 games which included two ACC victories. The 2017 squad also set program records for goals and points scored.


Shimp, a defensive specialist, helped train Kelly Glatthorn, a captain and defensive leader who was named a first team All-ACC defender in 2018. The Hokies' defense surrendered just 11.09 goals per game, winning 14 games including the program's first in the ACC Championships and Tech's first appearance and victory in the NCAA Championships.


During her time with Sung at Winthrop, Shimp helped the squad reach the NCAA tournament in the program's third season of competition, as the Eagles registered a 17-4 record in 2015, claiming both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles in the process. In 2016, Winthrop went 20-3, again winning both the regular-season and Big South Tournament titles and advancing to another NCAA tournament.


A 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University, Shimp was a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team and earned American Lacrosse Conference All-Tournament honors in 2007 and 2008. She was a second-team all-conference selection in 2007.


Shimp earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Academic Team member in 2008 and was also honored on the American Lacrosse Conference Academic Team in 2007 and 2008. A Buckeye Power Club Recipient in 2007 and 2008 while at Ohio State, Shimp interned at Ohio State in the camp office and in event management in 2008-09.


The Endwell, New York native earned her master's degree in sport administration from Louisville in 2011. While at Louisville, she served as assistant varsity and junior varsity lacrosse coach for two years at Du Pont Manual High School. She also was as project manager and game day operations assistant for the Louisville Lightning professional indoor soccer team. In addition, she possesses other event management experience, having worked as an operations intern for the American Junior Golf Association in Braselton, Georgia during the summer of 2010.

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Gregg Gebhard

Gebhard, hired in the summer of 2016, is in his third year on the sidelines for the Hokies.


A part of the program's turnaround during the 2017 season, Gebhard helped groom the team that won 11 games for the first time since 1999, including two ACC victories. The 2017 squad also set records for goals and points scored.


Gebhard, who works with the offensive unit of the Hokies, helped two players; Tristan McGinley (48 goals) and Paige Petty (58 goals) earn first team All-ACC recognition in 2018, with Petty also garnering All-America honors.


A 14-year head coaching veteran, Gebhard joined Tech with 18 years of overall coaching experience. Gebhard joined Sung as a volunteer assistant at Winthrop in the spring of 2016 season before Sung accepted the head coaching post with the Hokies.


In July of 2011, Gebhard began a five-year stint as the head coach for St. Francis University, his first Division I head coaching position. He still hold the SFU record with 18 career victories with the Red Flash. Before SFU, Gebhard began the lacrosse program at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia for the 2011 campaign.


Gebhard served as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University for the 2009-10 seasons. While in Columbus, he helped lead the Buckeyes to a program-record 14.8 goals per a game in 2009.


In 2003, Gebhard took the head coaching job at Greensboro College. In four seasons, he led the team to two regular-season conference championships and one tournament conference championship. He left the team with a 36-28 (19-3 USA South Conference) record. While at Greensboro, he coached 22 All-USAS Conference players, 17 All-American USAS selections and two All-American regional selections.


As a 1998 graduate of Pfeiffer University, Gebhard remained with the university, as he accepted his first head coaching job for the women’s lacrosse program. He stayed at Pfeiffer for four years, tallying record of 19-24. Within four years of the program becoming a varsity sport, he led the team to its first national ranking. In addition to being the head coach, Gebhard also worked in the athletics department as a sports information director. Gebhard graduated with a degree in sports management and minor in business administration.

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