JOHN SUNG Head Coach
Hired May 27, 2016, John Sung joins Virginia Tech after building the Winthrop University program from scratch beginning in May of 2011. He oversaw the program’s rapid ascent as a regional powerhouse after beginning competition in 2013. In the program’s third season, Sung led Winthrop to a 17-4 record, as the Eagles qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles. In 2016, Winthrop went 20-3, winning the Big South Tournament championship and advancing to another NCAA Tournament. The 2016 season marked the team’s second consecutive Big South regular-season and tournament titles.
The 2015 and 2016 Big South Coach of the Year, Sung currently chairs the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Committee and also serves on the U.S. Lacrosse Convention Education Committee. His 2015 squad set Big South single-season records for points, goals (314), free-position goals (67), shots (633), shots on goal (459), ground balls (384), draw controls (312), and caused turnovers (213). In 2016, Winthrop scored 301 goals, including 58 free-position goals. The Eagles set Big South single-season marks for shots (662), ground balls (434), and caused turnovers (266).
In addition to compiling a 54-26 overall record at Winthrop, Sung led the Haudenosaunee Nation to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup held in Canada. The team finished in seventh place out of a total of 19 teams. He also coached the team in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse in the Czech Republic.
GREGG GEBHARD Assistant Coach
A 14-year head coaching veteran, Gebhard joins the Hokies with 18 years of overall coaching experience. Gebhard joined Sung as a volunteer assistant at Winthrop in the spring of 2016 season before Sung accepted the head coaching post with the Hokies.
In July of 2011, Gebhard began a five-year stint as the head coach for St. Francis University, his first Division I head coaching position. He still holds the SFU record with 18 career victories with the Red Flash. Before SFU, Gebhard began the lacrosse program at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia for the 2011 campaign.
Gebhard served as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University for the 2009-10 seasons. While in Columbus, he helped lead the Buckeyes to a program-record 14.8 goals per a game in 2009.
AMANDA SHIMP Assistant Coach
During her time with Sung at Winthrop, Shimp helped the squad reach the NCAA Tournament in the program’s third season of competition, as the Eagles registered a 17-4 record in 2015, claiming both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles in the process. In 2016, Winthrop went 20-3, again winning both the regular-season and Big South Tournament titles and advancing to another NCAA Tournament.
A 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University, Shimp was a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team and earned American Lacrosse Conference All-Tournament honors in 2007 and 2008. She was a second-team all-conference selection in 2007.
Shimp earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Academic Team member in 2008 and was also honored on the American Lacrosse Conference Academic Team in 2007 and 2008. A Buckeye Power Club Recipient in 2007 and 2008 while at Ohio State, Shimp interned at Ohio State in the camp office and in event management in 2008-09.