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Meet Janae Leigh Shirley

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

Janae Shirley is entering her 12th season as Head Softball Coach at East Texas Baptist University where she also serves as Senior Women's Administrator. Prior to becoming the head coach, she served as assistant coach for volleyball and softball for 2 seasons. Coach Shirley earned an associated degree from Midland College where her team advanced twice to the National Championship, she then went on to play and graduate from East Texas Baptist University where she received a B.S. in Biology in 2005. She also earned her Masters in Education in Sports and Exercise Leadership from ETBU. Over 11 seasons as head coach her record is 389-124 and has won 3 conference championships, 3 NCAA Regional Championships, 1 NCAA Super Regional Championship, and 1 National Championship. Along with winning, her program has set high academic standards and made team discipleship a priority. The 2016-17 team will travel on their first international sports mission trip to Costa Rica in December 2016. She has had three players voted CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, four ASC Softball Distinguished Scholar-Athletes, and numerous ASC All-Academic team members. Both Lya Swaner and Ashton Brey have earned the ASC’s nomination for NCAA Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013 while Swaner was a Top 9 Finalist. Shirley has made ETBU softball a Christ-centered program with national prominence. She is married to ETBU alumnus, Guy, who played one season of baseball at ETBU. They have been married since the summer 2007 and have two boys, Carter (9), and Major (4).