June 9, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Shelley Sheetz, a first team All-American guard at Colorado and more recently a professional with two American Basketball League teams, has joined the coaching staff of Washington State University women's Head Coach Jenny Przekwas.
"We are very pleased to add Shelley to our coaching staff," Przekwas commented in making the announcement. "She was a tremendous national competitor in college and has a strong understanding of major division I women's basketball. Shelley will assist Pippa (Pierce, assistant coach) in the off campus recruiting, concentrating her efforts in Colorado, Iowa, and throughout the west. She has a great deal of coaching potential and has been mentored by one of the best coaches in the west in Colorado's Ceal Barry."
Sheetz earned national first team All-America honors in 1995 while concluding her career at Colorado. She was a member of the Kodak All-America team and was also chosen by Associated Press, Basketball Times and the Basketball Writers' Association to their respective teams. In addition, she was one of five finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.
During her four-year varsity career at Colorado, she started 126 of 127 games while making a school and Big 8 Conference record 252 three-point baskets. Her 1,775 points, 514 assists and 425 free throws all rank second on the Colorado career list. The two-time team captain was named Colorado's most valuable player after her junior and senior seasons.
In 1996 she joined the Colorado Xplosion of the ABL, where she played for two seasons. In 1998 she joined the Portland Power during an abbreviated season which ended last December with the folding of the league. Sheetz also played for a professional team in Wuppertal, Germany, after graduating from Colorado and before joining the ABL.
Sheetz, who earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Colorado, has coached at several women's basketbal camps in recent years, including the Katy Steding Basketball Academy, the Judy Spoelstra Basketball Camp at Oregon State, the Portland Power Camp, and Ceal Barry's Basketball Camp at Colorado.
The former Big 8 Conference Player of the Year (1995) and Female Athlete of the Year (1994-95) is a member of the Colorado Sportswomen Hall of Fame and her jersey #20 was honored by the Colorado Hall of Fame. In 1998 she was named by the Denver Post as the eighth most powerful woman in Colorado sports. During her undergraduate years at Colorado she participated in the school's "Read with the Buffs" program and more recently has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In 1997 she was one of 50 women who participated in the Colorado Women Leadership Coalition.
At the conclusion of her career at Kenney High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sheetz held 23 school records and was selected Iowa's player of the year by USA Today, Gatorade, Converse and Naismith. She averaged 23 points, nearly four assists and just over six rebounds per game in leading her prep team to a fourth place finish in the Iowa high school playoffs.
Sheetz is the final staff member hired by Przekwas since she was named WSU's head coach March 31. Przekwas, the former head coach at Saint Francis College, named Pippa Pierce and Stacey Alexander to her coaching staff earlier this spring