John Shelton is in his 22nd season as the head coach of the men's golf program and is no stranger to success on the links.
Shelton has led Marian University to 11 MCC championships since the program's inception in 1989-90. He has also guided the Knights to six NAIA Region VIII championships and has been named MCC Coach of the Year on 10 separate occasions and the NAIA Region VIII Coach of the Year on six occasions.
In the 2009-10 season, Shelton led the Knights to their 10th MCC title and freshman Trey Pfund won the individual medalist honors under his tutelage. Pfund was also named an NAIA All-America third team selection for his outstanding performance.
Coach Shelton has been an ambassador for the game of golf since he has served as president of the NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Association in 2003 and the NAIA coach at the World University Games in 2004.
In addition to the championships and the honors, Coach Shelton has also been an advocate of character within his program and throughout the NAIA. He has coached five NAIA Scholar-Athletes and four NAIA All-Americans so his student-athletes not only excel on the links but in the classroom as well.
He has coached two NAIA Region VIII Tournament medalists in Stephen Ford (2006-07) and Zach Wolma (2004-05), and seven MCC Tournament medalists. He has also coached 22 All-NAIA Region VIII team selections and 45 All-Mid-Central College Conference team selections. Additionally, he coached the third-place finisher and the runner-up at the Indiana State Amateur Open as well as the low amateur at the Indiana Open.
Two of his athletes competed in the finals of the Indiana Golf Association Match Play Championship in 2006 with Stephen Ford earning the title and current student-athlete Jacob Murray picking up runner-up honors.
Coach Shelton is also the dean for financial aid and enrollment at Marian University and graduated from Indiana University with a master of arts in 1990 and a bachelor of arts in 1976.
Coach Shelton and his wife reside in Indianapolis.