2016 News Releases
University Announcement – Aug. 27, 2016 12:30 p.m.
Late yesterday (Aug. 26, 2016) volleyball student-athletes and athletics staff were informed that Coach Shelly Barberee resigned her employment as head volleyball coach to focus on personal matters. We wish her all the best.
Message to Student-Athletes and Colleagues from Coach Barberee:
“On August 12, 2016, I took a leave of absence from my position as head volleyball coach at Texas Woman’s University to focus on and address a personal matter. Since that date, I have not attended or been a part of any of the TWU volleyball team workouts. When I learned that several student-athletes were admitted to the hospital, I was shocked and worried about them. I have always been an advocate for my student-athletes and will continue to advocate for their best interests. Each one of my student-athletes is in my thoughts and prayers.
Today, I have decided to resign from my position as head volleyball coach at TWU, which is in no way related to student-athletes’ hospitalization. I am working diligently to address matters in my personal life and need to place my focus there. Due to the time demands and focus necessary to lead a college volleyball program, it is in my best interests to step away from the team at this time. Although I will be focused on my personal life, I will continue to cheer for and support the TWU volleyball student-athletes. They are a great group of young women and I know they will experience success both personally and athletically.
I am extremely proud of my thirteen years as head volleyball coach at TWU. I am proud of 234 wins on the court, my mentorship of so many young women, and watching my student-athletes graduate with college degrees. I have worked with so many wonderful young women and am proud to watch their continued success years after their volleyball playing careers ended. It has been a difficult decision to resign from my position as head volleyball coach due to so many great memories. I am leaving the TWU volleyball team in a strong position coming off of a 2015 NCAA tournament appearance and believe the team will have continued success. I wish all my student-athletes, former student-athletes, and coaches all the best and thank each one of you for all of the opportunities, wins, memories, and success.”