Shane West returned to his alma mater as a full-time assistant in the fall of 2007. He serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and outfield instructor and assists head coach David Beasley with the team’s hitters.
In his first two seasons back at Berry, West helped lead the Vikings to its two best winning percentages under current head coach David Beasley. The 2009 team made the school's first-ever appearance at the NAIA World Series, placing fifth in the national tournament and earning a No. 4 ranking in the final NAIA National Poll, largely thanks to a .339 team batting average.
In each of West's first three seasons as a full-time assistant at Berry, the Vikings were one of the nation's top-hitting teams, putting together team batting averages of .327 (2008), .339 (2009) and .333 (2010), respectively.
West began his coaching career as a student assistant under Beasley in 2000 and brings a wealth of coaching knowledge having served in multiple positions before his return to Berry. He served as an assistant at USC-Aiken in 2001 before assisting the Georgia State University team from 2002-2004. He was the team's infield coach, helping the Panthers set a school record in 2002 with a .962 fielding percentage. During his time at GSU, West coached two of the top-three fielding teams in the school's history. While working at Georgia State, he also spent time working with both the Georgia Tech and Atlanta Braves grounds crews. He worked on the Atlanta Braves grounds crew for three seasons (2002-04) and worked on the Georgia Tech crew in 2005.
West led the Woodland High School team from 2005-2007 in Cartersville, Ga. While head coach of the Wildcat program, he compiled a 43-17 record over two seasons. During those two seasons, the Wildcats won the school's first region championshipin 2006 and made back to back state tournament appearances. The 2007 team boasted a school record 26-6 season, where the Wildcats advanced to the elite-eight of the state tournament
West played his college baseball at Berry from 1995-1999. During his time with the Vikings, he played shortstop and third base and helped lead the Vikings to three Regional Tournament appearances. He was also a member of the 1997 TranSouth Conference Championship team.
A native of Knoxville, Ga., West graduated from Berry with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education in 1999. He later earned his masters degree in sport administration/facility management from Georgia State in 2004.
West was married in August 2002 to the former Lori Jackson. They now live in Rome, Ga., and have two sons, Ripken, born in 2007 and Jackson, born in 2010.