May 6, 2013
Shelby named women's basketball assistant
Former Seton Hall assistant joins Tech staff

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech women’s basketball coach Dennis Wolff announces the addition of Bett Shelby to the women’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

“We are thrilled to add Bett Shelby to our staff,” Wolff said. “She is a proven recruiter and a good coach.”

Shelby most recently served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall for the past two seasons where she coordinated aspects of recruiting, scouted opponents and coached the guards. In 2012, Shelby helped sign a class ranked 33rd nationally by All Star Girls Report. The class featured the 19th best forward in the country as well as the 73rd best overall player in the 2012 class and a NJCAA All-American.

During the 2012-13 season, Shelby helped coach the Pirates to the most school wins since the 2008-09 season as well as the most Big East victories since the 2006-07 season. The team also claimed its first Big East Tournament win since the 2008-09 season.

“I am truly honored that I have been given the opportunity to join Coach Wolff’s staff here at Virginia Tech,” Shelby stated. “When I think of Virginia Tech, I think of superior academics, outstanding athletics and unwavering administrative and community support. I am so excted about the future of this program. Becoming a Hokie is a privilege and I am proud to join this elite group.”

Prior to Seton Hall, Shelby served on the staff at Southern Illinois where she landed a recruiting class ranked 37th nationally by ESPN HoopGurlz. In addition, the class was tabbed the No. 1 mid-major class that season by ESPN HoopGurlz. The All-Star Girls report ranked Shelby’s class 57th nationally and No. 1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The class included SIU’s first Parade All-American, Top-100 player (ESPN HoopGurlz) and a top-100 transfer as named by the All-Star Girls Report.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Shelby was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech in 2010 and was responsible for an All-Star Girls Report Top-100 recruiting class, ranking No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Shelby also spent one season as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Stetson University, helping recruit a Top-100 recruiting class according to All-Star Girls Report that ranked first in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Shelby spent two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at East Carolina. During her time at ECU, the Pirates won the Conference USA title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.

Shelby played collegiately at UNC Wilmington during her first two seasons. She spent her junior and senior seasons at Greensboro College where she served as team captain. The team won the USA South regular-season and conference titles during her time. During her senior year, the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 22-8 record.

In addition to the hire of Shelby, Coach Wolff also announces the promotion of Thomas Joyce from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach.

“Tom has been an integral part of the staff since we have arrived here,” said Wolff. “I am pleased to be able to recognize him through this promotion.”

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