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Local Player Returns to Lead Lady Jackets Basketball

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Kim Woodlee Shibayama has been hired to coach the GCHS Lady Jackets basketball team, filling a position left open with the resignation of Jonathan Shedd. She comes to the program from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. Former Head Coach Ricky Richards will be her assistant coach.

Shibayama was inducted into the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. She ranks fourth in the TSSAA for most three-pointers in a game (10) and her 330 career three-pointers rank fifth in TSSAA history. Shibayama amassed 1,058 points at Kansas State, putting her among just 39 to score more than 1,000 points in KSU women’s basketball history. She was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and the Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year in 2001.

“I want to say thank you to the administration and staff at Blackman for allowing me to be a part of that amazing program for the last 2 years,” said Shibayama. “I have to say thank you to my husband right up front for supporting me in following this opportunity here at Grundy County. We have been praying about this for over a month and this is a family decision. It will be difficult at times for my kids, but I want them to see if you have your priorities in line – God first, family second, then your career – I truly feel like things work out far better than we could ever imagine.

“I wore that purple and gold. The people in this county supported me and our team like no other and I can tell you, speaking from experience, when you encourage people they hear it. I heard it every single time someone told me good job. To keep on working. I love the people in this county and I believe if we pull together, build each other up, and work together alongside one another we can build a program to be proud of, and these young ladies will have the opportunity to go out and do whatever they set their minds to.”

Richards was inducted into the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. In 1998, he led the Lady Jackets to a TSSAA AA Women’s State Championship. Richards totaled 507 wins during his 25-year career as Grundy County’s head women’s basketball with fifteen district championships.

“I want to say thank you to Coach Ricky Richards from the bottom of my heart for his willingness to do this along side of me,” said Shibayama. “We are very excited to meet everyone and look forward to getting to work. Thank you to the administration at Grundy County for giving us this opportunity.”

In order for members of the Grundy County community to meet the new coach and welcome her back to her alma mater, GCHS will host coffee with Coach Shib on Friday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m., in the GCHS library.