DiShondra Goree enters her fifth season as Shaw University’s head softball and volleyball coach.
In Coach Goree’s first season of volleyball at Shaw, the Lady Bears finished 1-19 overall. She inherited a team that had only won several matches the previous season. Determined to move the program forward, she worked diligently to recruit eight freshmen to join her program for the 2015-16 season.
During her second season (2015-16), 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 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 (2016-17), 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. The team broke 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, was named the 2016 CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Additionally, the 2016-17 Lady Bear’s volleyball squad were the first team in program history to earn an automatic bid to participate in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Goree had four players receive individual post-season accolades. Murphy and Olmeda-Gonzalez were named to the 2016 All-CIAA First team. Moten and 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.
This past season (2017-18), Goree’s program finished with an overall record of 27-5. For the third consecutive time, she was named the CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. The lady bears were undefeated at home, with a perfect 7-0 record. During the season, three players reached a career milestone, Brooks (1,000+ digs), Olmeda-Gonzalez (2,000+ assists), & Murphy (1,000+ kills). Saraya Klink was named CIAA player of the week once during the season and Goree was named CIAA Coach of the week three times.
For the 2nd consecutive year, the lady bears earned the Southern Division title with a 9-1 divisional record and a 15-1 conference record. Six players received post-season CIAA accolades; Moten, Klink, Olmeda-Gonzalez, & Wattley (CIAA First team) Murphy & Brooks (CIAA 2nd team). Both Murphy and Wattley were named to the CIAA all-tournament team. Shaw volleyball concluded their season as 2017 CIAA Volleyball Runner-ups.
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 has facilitated & coordinated several volleyball clinics for middle-school and high school students.
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.