DiShondra Goree enters her fourth season as the Shaw University head women’s softball and volleyball coach.
In Coach Goree’s first season coaching volleyball at Shaw, the Lady Bears finished 1-19 overall. 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 second season, Goree had three players to make the All-CIAA First Team (Kelly Murphy, Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez, & Keveesha Wattley) and one player selected to the CIAA Second Team in Morghan Robinson. She was named Coach of the Week three times during the 2015-16 season while both Murphy and Olmeda-Gonzalez received Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week numerous times. Under Goree’s leadership, Murphy was named the 2015 CIAA Volleyball Player of the Year and Goree was named the 2015 CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Both Murphy and Tiffany Brooks received All-Tournament accolades and recognition. That season, the Lady Bears earned a 21-11 record and were named the 2015 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.
During her third season at the helm, Goree and the Lady Bears volleyball team wrote their names in the history books after winning the 2016 CIAA Volleyball Championship. Prior to that, Shaw had not won a conference title in 21 years. In addition, the Lady Bears claimed the Southern Division title for the first time since 2004, (Goree’s senior year at Shaw) and was able to break a program record by going on a 14-match win-streak, breaking the previous record of 12 matches. Goree’s program had a 15-1 conference record, the best in the conference and an overall season-best record of 22-8. Throughout the season both Tapanga Moten and Aisja Jones were named Rookie of the Week three times, while Murphy was named Player of the Week twice. Also, Goree was named Coach of the Week four times & for the second consecutive year, she was named the 2016 CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Additionally, the 2016-17 Lady Bears volleyball squad was the first team in program history to earn an automatic bid to participate in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Goree had four players receive individual end of season accolades. Murphy and Olmeda-Gonzalez were named to the 2016 All-CIAA First team. Moten and Keveesha Wattley were named to the 2016 All-CIAA Second Team. Murphy, Olmeda-Gonzalez, and Wattley were named to the 2016 All-CIAA Tournament Team; Murphy was the named the 2016 CIAA Tournament MVP.
On May 16, 2016, Murphy was named the CIAA Female Scholar Student-Athlete of the Year. She maintained a 3.9 while completing many hours of community service and performing well on the court, earning 339 kills, 280 digs, and 60 service aces in 2016-2017.
Moving into softball, Goree’s first season saw 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 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, r 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.
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. She also facilitated several volleyball clinics for middle-school and high school students.
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 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, Ind.
She currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.