Shelley Sheetz and Boston College head coach Erik Johnson have developed a remarkable coaching duo. The two began working together at the University of San Diego in 2000 and then Sheetz became Johnson's assistant coach at the University of Denver after leaving Pepperdine in 2008.
Sheetz arrives at Boston College as she enters her 13th year in coaching within the college ranks.
While at the University of Denver, Sheetz, who worked with the guards and point guard development, helped the team compile a 72-52 overall record while going 34-16 in the Sun Belt Conference. The team earned its first win over a nationally-ranked team when the Pioneers defeated No. 23 Vanderbilt. The Pios also had key victories over BCS schools Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.
Sheetz was also a member of the Denver staff when the Pioneers finish the 2010-11 season ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the SBC in field-goal percentage (45.7%). Denver finished 25th nationally and first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (35.8%). Under Sheetz watchful eye, guard Britteni Rice finished ranked second in the Sun Belt and sixth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (44.9%). Rice finished her career ranked 10th all-time in career points (1,283), and earned All-SBC Second Team honors in her final season.
She also helped develop junior Emiko Smith, who was an All-SBC second team honoree in 2010-11. Under coach Sheetz, Smith became DU's all-time career assist leader with 428 helpers as a junior. She ranked seventh nationally and first in the conference with 180 assists in 2010-11 season, which broke DU's single-season record. Sheetz was vital in the development of Brianna Culberson. Culberson finished the 2010-11 second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and sixth in the SBC in field goal percentage (52.0 %), good enough for 37th nationally. Culberson earned an All-SBC second-team honors and eclipsed the 1,000 point career mark her senior season.
Prior to her arrival at Denver, Sheetz served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University, University of San Diego and Washington State University.
Along with her coaching experience, Sheetz brings collegiate All-American honors and professional playing experience to the staff. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995 following a stellar four-year playing career.
The first Kodak All-American in CU school history, Sheetz finished as the all-time leader in Colorado and Big Eight Conference history with 252 three-pointers made. When she left CU, she was the second all-time in points (1,755) and assists (514). Sheetz also earned the Big Eight Freshman of the Year (1992) and All-Big Eight and Big Eight All-Tournament honors in her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Sheetz helped the team to a school record 25-game win streak, and a perfect 14-0 conference record.
After Sheetz led Colorado to the Elite Eight two straight seasons, the conference selected her as the 1995 Female Athlete of the Year. That season, Sheetz was named an All-American by Kodak, the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. She was also a finalist for the Naismith Award, an honor given to the top collegiate women's basketball player in the nation.
Following college, Sheetz played professional basketball in Germany and in the American Basketball League with the Colorado Xplosion and the Portland Power.
The state of Colorado honored Sheetz as its collegiate Sportswoman of the Year in 1993 and 1995. She was also inducted into CU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sheetz was elected into the 1997 Iowa High School Hall of Fame.