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Hutchinson honors Shirley with HOF membership

HUTCHINSON, Ks — Navarro College volleyball coach Ronda Shirley, already a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame, was selected Saturday as one of four new inductees for the Hutchinson Community College Quarterback Club Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The HCC Quarterback Club Hall of Fame Committee announced that its newest members will be enshrined on Saturday, Jan. 28, at halftime of the Hutchinson-Coffeyville men’s basketball game.

Ronda Shirley

    RONDA SHIRLEY

Shirley, the 12th Blue Dragon head coach to be enshrined, joins her former player Mariana Blum (2004-05), plus track and field athlete Traci Gisel Neely (1984-85) and former Blue Dragon wide receiver Alonzo “Lonnie” Crittenden to be accorded HCC Hall of Fame honors this year.

In six seasons before Shirley arrived on the Hutchinson campus, the Blue Dragons volleyball team had 30 total wins.  Shirley reached 30 wins midway through her second season on the Hutch bench.

From 1998 to 2003, Shirley built a championship-level foundation at Hutchinson. In 2004, championships are exactly what happened. The 2004 Blue Dragons went 43-1, ended a 21-year losing streak to Barton, won both the Jayhawk West and Region VI championships and finished fifth in the NJCAA Tournament.

From that point, wins and championships continued to come for Shirley’s Blue Dragons at a dizzying pace.

From 2004 to 2009, Shirley coached her teams to five Region VI championships, four Jayhawk West titles and five national tournament placings.

Shirley remains the program’s coaching leader in wins with a record of 347-157. She coached nine NJCAA All-Americans, six AVCA All-Americans and 39 All-Jayhawk West players. Hutch played for in the regional championship match in nine-straight seasons.

After Hutchinson, Shirley became head coach at Tyler Junior College – she led the Apaches to the 2013 national championship match – and has just recently started as the new head coach at Navarro College with her career coaching record of 520-253.  Shirley coached the last two seasons at Tyler’s Robert E. Lee High School.

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