Sheetz Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
BALTIMORE - Veteran NCAA coach Shelley Sheetz has joined the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season, Head Coach Joe Logan announced on Wednesday.
“We’re eager to welcome Shelley to the Greyhounds family as we get started with practices,” Logan said. “Shelley brings great experience from working at other Jesuit and Catholic institutions, and her time with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund gives her a unique skill-set with a non-profit organization that has made a huge impact on the sport.”
Sheetz has logged 15 years of college basketball coaching experience after a successful playing career at the collegiate and professional levels.
“I am honored and excited to be joining the women’s basketball program and working with Joe Logan and the staff here at Loyola University,” Sheetz said. “Loyola is an incredible academic institution that helps provide its student-athletes to achieve greatness in the classroom and on the court. I am looking forward to competing in the Patriot League and helping Loyola in its journey to compete for a conference championship.”
She spent the 2012-2015 seasons as an assistant coach at fellow Jesuit school Boston College where she was the Eagles’ primary perimeter and point guard coach. She tutored Nicole Boudreau to Atlantic Coast Conference All-Rookie honors, and she also assisted in recruiting the nation’s top high school scorer in 2013.
Prior to her time in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Sheetz was an assistant coach at the University of Denver from 2008-2012. There, she helped the Pioneers reach the 2011 WNIT – a postseason tournament in which Loyola reached the second round – and she coached two 1,000-point scorers.
Sheetz also coached at Pepperdine University (2005-2008), the University of San Diego (2001-2005) and Washington State University (1999-2000).
As a professional player, Sheetz played two-plus seasons in the American Basketball League from 1996-1998 and a year for BTV Wuppertal, a professional side in Germany.
She was a standout at the University of Colorado where she became the school’s youngest inductee to the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. She capped a record-setting career by being named Colorado’s first Kodak All-American in 1994-1995 when she led the Buffaloes to a 30-3 record and bid to the NCAA Elite Eight. She was also named an All-American by The Associated Press, Basketball Times and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and she was one of five finalists for the prestigious James Naismith Award.
At the time of her graduation in 1995, Sheetz was No. 2 all-time in Buffaloes’ history with 1,775 points and 514 assists. Her 252 3-pointers made were a Big Eight Conference record at the time. She was a three-time All-Big Eight First Team honoree and the conference’s Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1994-1995. Colorado went 106-21 during her career, including a 49-7 mark in Big Eight play.
Most recently, Sheetz worked for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization started by North Carolina State coach Kay Yow that raises funds and awareness for ALL women’s cancers. She also has corporate experience working for Under Armour.