DiShondra Goree enters her third season as the Shaw University head women’s softball and volleyball coach after serving as the Director of the Academic Center for Student Success at Wilberforce University located near Dayton, OH; the oldest private HBCU in the country. She served in the academic center for over four years. Before that, she was an adjunct business professor at Huntington University located in Huntington, IN. Goree has taught college courses for over six years. She has also conducted research on higher education student retention for students of color.
Coach Goree hails from Fort Wayne, IN where she was a three sport athlete in high school. She participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball for all four years at Paul Harding High School Her senior year she was voted Female-Athlete of the Year. After college graduation, 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. She also facilitated several volleyball clinics for middle-school and high school students.
Goree attended Shaw University from 2000-04, where she was a stand-out student-athlete for both the volleyball and the softball teams. In her four 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 the 2004 Softball CIAA Runner-Ups and Goree was named on 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. She was voted Softball 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 was an OH/DS for Shaw Volleyball and assisted the program in becoming CIAA Conference Runner-Ups in 2001-02. In her 2002-03 season, she earned a spot on the CIAA All-Tournament Team and finished her season with 160 kills and 151 digs. Goree also received the Volleyball Team Most Improved Award. In the 2003-04 season, her senior season, she was an All-CIAA First Team selection as an outside hitter when she tabbed 254 kills and 181 digs. Former head coach Dianthia Ford-Kee named Goree as the MVP for the volleyball program.
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, IN.
In Goree’s 1st season coaching at Shaw (2014-15), she earned a 1-19 record during the volleyball season. She inherited a team that had only won three matches the previous season. Determined to move the program forward and in the right direction, she worked diligently to recruit young and hungry talent for the next season. She was able to recruit eight freshmen to join her six returning players for the 2015-16 season.
During her 2nd season (2015-16), Coach Goree had three players to make the All-CIAA First Team and one player made the CIAA 2nd team. She was named Coach of the Week three times during her season and she had two players that received both Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week numerous times. One of Goree’s players was named the 2015 CIAA Volleyball Player of the Year and Coach Goree was named CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Two more of her players received All-Tournament Awards. Her volleyball team earned a 21-11 record and were named the CIAA Volleyball Runner-Ups. Prior to that, Shaw had not made it to the CIAA Volleyball Championship game since the 2001 season, which was Goree’s sophomore year at Shaw.
In Goree’s 1st season coaching the softball team she earned a 7-27 record (2014-15), she inherited a team that won seven games the previous season. Once again determined to bring positive change, she went on the recruiting trails. She secured 13 softball recruits for her 2015-16 season.
During Goree’s 2nd season (2015-2016), the softball program finished 10-31 overall and was able to earned double-digit wins for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Goree also had three freshmen make the CIAA Softball All-Rookie team.
Before moving to Raleigh, Goree participated in adult high-level indoor competition for four years. She played in A-level Elevation tournaments in both Dayton & Columbus, OH. Goree even converted to playing sand volleyball to stay involved in competitive volleyball during the summer months.
She currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.