|Alma Mater:||Greensboro College|
Maryland head women's basketball coach Brenda Frese announced the hiring of assistant coach Bett Shelby in April 2015. Shelby comes to College Park after spending the previous two seasons with the Virginia Tech women's basketball program.
In her three seasons in College Park, Shelby helped the Terrapins to a record of 89-14 (.864), 43-7 (.860) in league play, back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and three NCAA Tournaments. She also helped the Terps put the finishing touches on the No. 1 recruiting class in the class of 2016 and recruit the No. 4 class of 2017.
“Bett Shelby is someone I've known for a few years now,” Frese said. “We've crossed paths in a lot of gyms and I've watched how hard she works. If you look at any program she's been a part of, her presence has elevated the team. People that she's worked with sing her praises as a relentless competitor, which is exactly what we want at Maryland. I'm excited to help her continue to grow here and watch her become a great addition.”
Shelby joined the Virginia Tech staff in May 2013. She served as recruiting coordinator, and also helped with on-court preparation, scouting and guard training. In 2015, Shelby helped the Hokies sign a top-20 recruiting class and win two ACC Tournament games for the first time in school history.
Shelby came to Blacksburg after serving as an assistant coach at Seton Hall for 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.
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.
Shelby graduated from Greensboro College with her bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Studies with a concentration in coaching in 2006.
Shelby's parents are Brad and Texie Shelby and sister is Mary Shelby of Charlotte, N.C.