DiShondra Goree enters her fifth season as Shaw University’s head softball and volleyball coach.
Coach Goree’s first softball season saw a 7-27 record (2014-15), she inherited a team that won seven games the previous season. Determined to bring positive change, she went on the recruiting trails and was able to secure 13 softball recruits for her 2015-16 season. That following year, the softball program finished 10-31 overall and was able to earn double-digit wins for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Under Goree’s direction, three freshman made the CIAA Softball All-Rookie team that included Christine Ngeve, Kiana Rogers and Zahrea Lewis. Plagued by season injuries, Goree concluded the 2016-17 season with a 6-29 record but was able have one player make the CIAA All-Rookie Team in Alexandra Masnica.
In Goree’s fourth season (2017-18) her softball team concluded the season 12-20 overall, 8-8 in the conference and 4-4 in the Southern Division. This was the most wins Shaw softball has earned under Coach Goree’s leadership. During the season Tajia Bailey and Kiana Rogers earned CIAA defensive player of the week honors. The program earned a spot in the 2018 CIAA post season tournament for the 1st time in seven years. Brittany Kline earned a CIAA 2nd team post-season accolade as a 2nd baseman. Frances Perry (pitcher) and Kiana Rogers (utility) both earned a spot on the CIAA All- tournament team for their strong performance during the post season tourney. Shaw Softball finished fourth place out of 12 conference teams.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Goree was a three sport athlete in high school. She participated in volleyball, basketball, & softball for all four years at Paul Harding High School. Her senior year she was voted Female-Athlete of the Year. After college, Goree served as head volleyball coach and assistant softball coach at both South Side High School as well as Paul Harding High School for a combined six seasons.
Goree attended Shaw University from 2000-04, where she was a two sport standout student-athlete for both the volleyball and the softball team. For four consecutive years, both the volleyball and softball teams were Eastern Division Champions each season. In 2000-01, Goree received All-CIAA 2nd team honors and was a member of the CIAA All-Rookie team for softball. In 2002-03, Goree helped lead the softball team to the CIAA Championship and made the All-CIAA First team that year as a right fielder. She had a team high eight homeruns on the season and a slugging percentage of .571. In the 2003-04 season, her senior season, she was an All-CIAA First team selection in softball again as a left fielder. That year the softball team was 23-5 in conference play and again made a run for the CIAA crown.
Falling just a few runs short, Shaw was named the 2004 Softball CIAA Runner-Ups and Goree was named a member of the CIAA All-Tournament team. Also that year, Head Coach Dianthia Ford-Kee named Goree as the MVP of the softball team. Goree finished her college softball career with 32 Homeruns, a slugging percentage of .821 (ranked 12th in the Nation for Div. II), and ranked fifth in the nation (for Div. II) in homeruns per game. In her softball career, she was voted CIAA Offensive player of the week over 15 times and Defensive Player of the week four times in her softball career. She also received the Shaw University Chester Davis Sportsmanship award in 2004.
Goree received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a Recreation minor from Shaw in 2004. She graduated Cum Laude with a 3.45 GPA. While at Shaw, she made the Dean’s list and President’s list three semesters & two semesters, respectively. In 2008, Goree received her Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Francis located in Fort Wayne, IN. Goree has also completed one year of coursework towards her Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
She currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.