Keith Shumate was named NSU head baseball coach in October 2017.
Shumate, who was initially tabbed as an assistant coach in August before being elevated to the head job, is no stranger to NSU or the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Shumate served as head coach at North Carolina A&T from 1996-2011. Shumate won 304 games during his tenure leading the Aggies, including a MEAC title and NCAA regional berth in 2005 and a program-record 31 victories in 2010. He was MEAC Coach of the Year in 2002 and the MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Coach in 2005. The Aggies reached the MEAC Tournament championship round in four of his final seven seasons at the helm.
While coaching the Aggies, Shumate mentored 11 players who signed professional baseball contracts, five of whom were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Shumate also coached three All-Americans, three Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans and 18 different players earned first-team All-MEAC honors. Two different players earned MEAC Player of the Year honors, and in 2010 Esterlin Paulino won MEAC Pitcher of the Year and Kelvin Freeman earned MEAC Rookie of the Year. In 2011, he was voted “Best Game Coach” in the MEAC in a poll conducted by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Following his stint at N.C. A&T, Shumate was head coach from 2013-15 at Louisburg College in North Carolina. He helped the Hurricanes to a first-place regular-season conference finish in 2013 and to a runner-up finish in the Region X Tournament in 2014.
All told, Shumate has coached 16 players who were either drafted by or signed with a Major League Baseball organization.
Shumate’s early career highlights include three years as head baseball coach at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina (1994-96), where he coached two Metro 4-A championships teams; 10 years as an amateur summer baseball coach (1986-85); and a stint as an associate scout for the Kansas City Royals from 1995-96.
Shumate attended Western Carolina University, where he played under legendary head coach Jack Leggett and was a member of four consecutive Southern Conference championship teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in Spanish in 1988.