DiShondra Goree, three-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) volleyball coach of the year, will take the helm of Kentucky State’s volleyball program, the school announced.
“I’m very excited for this new chapter,” Goree said. “I look forward to meeting and working with my team. I am ready to uphold the high standards and expectations of becoming a Thorobred.”
Goree will lead a program that won its third consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship last season and its fourth championship in the last five years.
She succeeds Katrina English who left for a position in her home state of Texas.
Goree spent the past five seasons at Shaw University as the head volleyball coach. During the 2017-18 season, Goree led Shaw to a 27-5 overall record; an undefeated record at home; a second consecutive CIAA Southern Division title; a 15-1 conference record and runners-up in the CIAA. During the 2016-17 season, Shaw won the CIAA championship for the first time in 21 years. They were also the first team in the program’s history to earn an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regional tournament.
“Coach Goree and her body of work as a mentor, coach and champion are an example of her commitment to the academic excellence, overall experience, winning tradition, opportunities and winning-the-right-way that has me excited for the future of Thorobrette volleyball,” Kentucky State University Director of Athletics Etienne M. Thomas said.