Mrs. Shirley, an NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee in 2015, amassed 520 career victories during an illustrious 18-year career at Tyler Junior College and at Hutchinson Community College, KS. She has coached teams to the NJCAA Tournament 8 times within an 11-year span (2004-14), including a national runner-up finish in 2013. Her impressive resume also includes coaching 47 All-Conference, 36 All-Region, 14-All-American, 6 Freshman Players of the Year, 4 Conference MVPs and 9 Academic All-Americans during a decorated career that includes 8 NJCAA District Coach of the Year awards.
The Earling, Iowa native originally was hired by Hutchinson Community College (HCC) to coach softball. She had a late opportunity to choose between coaching softball or volleyball. She chose volleyball, and the rest is only a part of her history. HCC’s winningest volleyball coach guided the Blue Dragons to 378 victories in 13 seasons with five Region VI Championships, five NJCAA Tournament appearances and four Jayhawk West titles with six years.
Shirley is a 1992 graduate of Brown Mackie College in Salina, KS, and a 1995 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan University in Owensboro, KY. Coach Shirley and her husband, Jeff, have six children.
Amaro, a Maize, KS native coached two seasons at Wichita North High School. She played two years at Pittsburg State University, KS after two for Coach Ronda Shirley’s 2012 Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies, which went undefeated in Region XIV and finished fifth in the NJCAA Tournament. That season, Amaro was the Region XIV Setter of the Year, second-team All-Region and first-team All-District. She ranked second in assists all season.