Coach Wanda Shantz - 12 Blue
Asst. Coach Alyssa Lewis
Coach Wanda has been coaching volleyball at the middle school, varsity, & club level since 1991, specializing in the 12-13U age group. She is currently the Interim Varsity Coach for Fort Worth Christian. In addition to her extensive coaching resume she is a certified referee. She has passed her love of volleyball to her daughter, who is a club level coach, and her granddaughter Ashleigh who is a staff coach at EMV. She is excited to start her second year with EMV
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan Canada. I have been coaching sports; including swimming, figure skating, power [ice] skating and of course, volleyball for about 16 years. I had ran volleyball skills camps both back home in Saskatchewan and for youth in Mississippi for 6 years. I coached club teams from beginners (while I was in high school) to 18U. My focus as a volleyball coach is to perfect the fundamentals while teaching the players how to read the offense AND defense in order to anticipate and execute plays.
My playing career, beginning in high school, includes being ranked a Top-10 Provincial All-Round player in 2002-2004 and also ranked #1 Provincial OH in 2004. After high school I got a full-ride scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University, a small Division 1 School in the Mississippi Delta. I played for them for my full 4 years earning my degree in Education. During my freshman and sophomore years I won First-Team All-Conference as an outside hitter and ranked top 25 in the NCAA D1 for service aces. After suffering a knee injury I moved to libero my Junior and senior years. During those years I won the Conference Defensive Specialist of the year and was ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA D1 for service aces. All 4 years at Mississippi Valley I participated in winning 4 Divisional Championships and earned 4 bids to the NCAA D1 conference tournament. I also received academic accolades remaining an All-Conference Scholar Student-Athlete my Junior and Senior years.
I am very excited and honored to be coaching for EMV and I can't wait for the upcoming season!