Along with the health fair, bra drive, 3-point attack against breast cancer and everything else Marquette women's basketball is doing to help fight and build awareness about breast cancer, Saturday is also MU's National Girls and Women in Sport Day.
Each year the BIG EAST Conference Senior Woman
Administrators sponsor National Girls and Women in Sport Day and honor one
woman for her efforts in women's athletics. This year's National Girls and
Women in Sport Award winner is Tat Shiely.
Each year the BIG EAST Conference Senior Woman Administrators sponsor National Girls and Women in Sport Day and honor one woman for her efforts in women's athletics. This year's National Girls and Women in Sport Award winner is Tat Shiely.
Catherine "Tat" Shiely was one of the pioneers in building the women's athletics program at Marquette University. She was named Marquette's first Coordinator of Women's Athletics in 1975. During her tenure at Marquette, she served as the first head coach of both the women's basketball and the women's volleyball teams - the only female in the nation to serve as head coach of both sports simultaneously. During Tat's 24 seasons as head women's volleyball coach, Tat won 380 matches and won 111 games in her 11 years as women's basketball coach. Tat received the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1980 and the Great Midwest Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year honor in 1992.
From 1985-94, she served as the Senior Women's Athletic Administrator, the first to carry that title. She also served as the NCAA Compliance Officer during that time. In 1993-94, she served as the Great Midwest Conference compliance chairperson and was a member of the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Welfare, Access and Equity. From 1994-98, Tat was a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Board of Directors.
After leaving Marquette, Tat became a caddy on the Ladies Professional Golf tour for 10 years and is currently officiating college and USA Volleyball.
Shiely and the rest 1975-76 Marquette women's basketball team were honored at halftime of Marquette's game versus Pittsburgh as part of university's Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.