Paz, Andrew and Shirley headed to NJCAA Hall of Fame

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class Monday. In this edition of inductees, the association decided to honor former Iowa Western player Juliana Paz and former coaches Mary Andrew of Florida State Jacksonville and Ronda Shirley from Tyler (Texas) and Hutchinson (Kan.).

Juliana Paz
Player – Iowa Western

In just two seasons with Iowa Western, Julianna Paz left a lasting mark as she climbed to the top of many career-record lists and played a key part in helping the Reivers claim a national title.

In 2006, the outside hitter from Porto Alegre, Brazil, was a force for IWCC as her powerful shot paved the way and helped Iowa Western be crowned national champion. Paz helped see the Reivers back to the national tournament in 2007 as they team reached the semifinal round.

Following both seasons, Paz was chosen for the NJCAA All-America First Team. Her accolades didn't stop there as she was selected to the all-tournament team in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Paz was also tabbed as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Two-Year College Player of the Year.

Paz excelled in the classroom as she earned a pair of NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards and frequented the IWCC academic honor roll.

Before continuing on to the University of Michigan, Paz topped three IWCC career-record lists with 2,071 kills, 222 aces and a .455 hitting percentage, while also placing second-overall on the all-time digs list with 1,336. Paz set two single-season school records in 2007 with 1,054 kills and 6.35 kills per game.

As a member of the Wolverines, Paz started 71 of 72 matches and finished with 915 kills and 608 digs. In 2009, she was named to the AVCA All-America Third Team and landed on the All-Big Ten First Team.

Mary Andrew
Coach – Florida State Jacksonville

After helping to revive volleyball at Florida State Jacksonville in 1989, Mary Andrew spent the next 24 years creating a formidable program and obtaining national recognition.

Retiring following the 2012 season, Andrew completed her 25-year career with an overall record of 583-263. She  currently ranks 18th on the NJCAA all-Time wins list. During her tenure with the Blue Wave, Andrew saw six players named to an NJCAA All-America team.

In addition to her coaching duties, Andrew served as the volleyball chair for the Mid-Florida Conference while also holding the same position at the state level for the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).

In 2002 and again in 2012, Andrew was named the AVCA Two-Year College Coach of the Year for the Northeast and Southeast Region. Following the 2006 campaign, the FCSAA inducted Andrew into its hall of fame.

Ronda Shirley
Coach – Hutchinson (KS) / Tyler (TX)

In just 18 seasons of coaching, Ronda Shirley left a lasting mark on not one, but two nationally prominent volleyball programs. Shirley served as head coach for Hutchinson from 1998-2010 and Tyler from 2010-14. Compiling a career record of 520-233, Shirley exited the NJCAA after the 2014 season ranking 26th in all-time wins.

During her tenure with the Blue Dragons, Shirley steered Hutchison to four Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) titles, five Region 6 championships and five appearances in the NJCAA national tournament. Shirley's 381 coaching victories for the Blue Dragons is the most in program history.

After making the move to Tyler, Shirley led the Apaches to three consecutive conference championships from 2012-14, reaching the national championship finals in 2013 before earning a runner-up finish. In her five seasons at Tyler, Shirley added 139 wins to her overall mark.

Throughout her collegiate-career, Shirley helped a total of 13 former student-athletes to achieve All-America status, while seeing a total of 65 former players receive all-region/conference honors.

Shirley also ensured that her teams excelled in the classroom. Often listed in the AVCA Academic Achievement Award Poll, Shirley's 2008 Hutchinson team found itself at the top of the list for NJCAA Division I teams with a team grade-point average of 3.68. At Tyler, Shirley experienced similar academic success with her teams as they routinely posted GPAs over 3.0.

Photos courtesy of Iowa Western Athletics and Tyler Athletics.

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