Coaching Staff

Tori Vanderplas | Assistant Coach

UMBC Softball head coach Chris Kuhlmeyer announced the addition of Retriever softball great Tori Vanderplas (UMBC ‘18) to the coaching staff on 2/21/19.

“I’m excited to have Tori join our staff. She’s a very talented person and was one of the best players to ever come through this program,” said Kuhlmeyer. “She knows the players, the conference and the game. She’s been a big help so far in the short time she’s been here, and i’m looking forward to seeing her grow into and get more comfortable with her position and to see where her career goes.

Vanderplas (née Alexander), the 2018 UMBC co-outstanding senior athlete, is one of only four players in program in history to earn first team all-conference honors multiple times (17-18). She also earned all-rookie and second team all-conference honors in 2015.

She holds numerous program career honors, including: 10th in all-time hits (210), sixth in career runs scored (140), fourth in stolen bases (64), fifth in stolen percentage (.928). Vanderplas also has several single season top-10 honors, including the 10th best single season batting average (.392 in 2015) several single season records

In her freshman season, she finished top-10 in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, total bases, and stolen bases. After a solid sophomore season, she had an outstanding junior campaign, earning America East First Team All conference honors. That year she ranked in the top five of the conference in stolen bases, second in hits, and doubles. Her senior campaign has been her finest to date as she ranked near the top of the America East in average, runs, hits and stolen bases.

She is married to former UMBC Baseball player Joe Vanderplas (UMBC ‘16 (B.S), UMBC ’17 (M.P.S.)). Joe was a pitcher on the 2017 America East Championship team and currently works as a cybersecurity engineer.

Carla Shepherd-Devereaux | Assistant Coach

Former ACC saves leader Carla Shepherd-Devereaux has re-joined the UMBC Softball coaching staff, head coach Chris Kuhlmeyer has announced.

"I am excited to have Carla join our staff here at UMBC," Kuhlmeyer said. "She has had a successful track record of developing pitchers throughout her career, and can't wait to see the improvement our staff will have under her tutelage."

Shepherd returns to UMBC, where she was an assistant in 2017, after working at Coppin State where she helped the Eagles to their most wins since 2012 and a nearly two run in improvement in team ERA. She also coached Madison Didion to a three-run improvement in ERA and a spot on the MEAC all-conference team. In 2017, her lone season at UMBC, she was instrumental in the recruiting process of rising sophomore All-American pitcher Courtney Coppersmith.

"I am beyond excited to return to UMBC and would like to thank Coach Kuhlmeyer and Director of Athletics Tim Hall for giving me this incredible opportunity," Shepherd-Devereaux said. "UMBC offers a first class education, great facilities, and I love the tight-knit community. It is such an honor to coach with Coach Kuhlmeyer and continue to build on the great things he has done for this program."

Prior to her first stint at UMBC, she worked at Shepherd (WV) University where she helped guide the team to an impressive 14-game improvement after only winning 20 games in the year prior to her arrival. In her lone season with Rams, Shepherd guided the pitchers to a 2.44 ERA, substantially lower than the 4.53 from the previous campaign. The pitching staff allowed only six home runs all season after permitting 39 in 2015. They tossed eight shutouts, double from the previous year, and struck out 220 batters (up from 160 in 2015). She coached Shepherd's Female Athlete of the Year and First Team All-MEC Conference honoree Kaitlin Munda, who went 21-5 in 2016. The Rams also won the North Division title for the Mountain East Conference.

Before Shepherd, the Miami, Fla. native has been an assistant coach at George Mason, South Dakota State, Occidental College, and Louisiana State University Eunice.

A 2007 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Shepherd earned a degree in U.S. History with a concentration in education, and completed a master's degree in sports management from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010.

Shepherd started her collegiate playing career at College of Charleston where she posted a 7-2 mark with a 2.36 ERA in 2003. She later moved on to North Carolina State where she led the ACC in saves and garnered Georgia Tech Tournament MVP accolades in 2004. She finished her career at Sewanee, where she had a 1.66 ERA and set a school single season record with 160 strikeouts as a senior.