Ducks opt not to renew head coach Chelsea Shaw’s contract

Oregon Ducks head coach Chelsea Shaw celebrates with her team after they listened to the results of an event. The Oregon Ducks face the Azusa Pacific Cougars in the final home meet of the season at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday April 8, 2017. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has opted not to renew Chelsea Shaw’s contract.

The school announced the acrobatics and tumbling news via a release on Wednesday evening. Shaw was 26-9 during her three seasons as head coach for the Ducks. Oregon was the NCATA runner up in each of the three seasons to Baylor.

The Ducks finished the 2017 campaign with an 8-2 record — both season losses came to Baylor. Oregon last won a national title in 2014 when the program beat Azusa Pacific.

Oregon Ducks senior base Hannah Lichtenthaler (47) smiles as she hugs head coach Chelsea Shaw. The Oregon Ducks face the Azusa Pacific Cougars in the final home meet of the season at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday April 8, 2017. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)

Less than two weeks ago, the NCATA named Shaw its coach of the year.

After the Ducks’ loss to Baylor last month, Shaw had indicated that the program was moving forward.

“Huge things for the program — it’s definitely looking up,” Shaw said. “This year was a fantastic year for us, and although it hurts right now and the loss is hard, it was a great year.”

Shaw signed a three-year contract worth $50,000 annually when she took over the program in 2014. Her contract was set to expire on June 30, 2017.

Shaw took over the program after coach Felecia Mulkey departed Eugene for Waco. Shaw also competed for the Ducks.

Oregon announced Nicole Rodenbach will immediately assume duties as interim coach. Rodenbach joined the Oregon staff in 2015 after coaching at Scottsdale Christian Academy. The school said it will begin a national search for Shaw’s successor.

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