Shoop was formerly the head coach at Birmingham-Southern College for 17 years. He led the Panthers to a national championship in 2001, and had 692 wins. Shoop left BSC after the 2006 season when it was announced the Panthers would be moving from NCAA Division I to non-scholarship Division III play.
Shoop was announced the Blazers' coach on June 12, 2006. His 2007 team went 25-33 and 12-12 in conference play. The 2008 squad went 26-34 but dropped to 7-17 in conference play. His career record after the 2008 season is 743-370-1.
Shoop is a native of Columbus, Ohio. A 1980 graduate of Malone College (Ohio), he received his Master's in Sports Administration at Kent State in 1982. He was inducted to the Malone Hall of Fame in 1986. He was twice named TransSouth Conference Coach of the Year and was honored as the ABCA Mid-South Region Coach of the Year three times. Before coming to BSC in 1989, Shoop was an assistant at Mississippi State University under Ron Polk. Over a seven-year span, he helped the Bulldogs win three SEC championships and earn six regional appearances, including a trip to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series in 1985.
After 2 disappointing seasons, the Blazers brought in Shoop's former mentor Polk after he retired from MSU. Polk joined the Blazers after the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant coach.
Shoop and his wife Brenda have five children.
- Brian Shoop profile at UABSports website