February 26, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Next month will mark the first time in 17 years that John A. Logan College will be breaking in a new women’s head basketball coach.

Metropolis native, Amanda Buldtman Shelby, will replace outgoing Vols’ head coach, Marty Hawkins, April 1. The announcement came Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the board of trustees. Shelby has assisted Hawkins the last 10 years, the first two of which were on a voluntary basis.

“Amanda’s very ready for this job,” Hawkins said. “It feels great to be able to pass along to her this opportunity like Coach (Gary) Barton did to me. I am sure she will do an outstanding job.”

Shelby said she is “extremely happy” to get a shot at leading the women’s team.

“I would like to thank the administration and the board for the opportunity. I’m excited to see what kind of mark I can leave with the program. Being a head coach at the collegiate level is something I have wanted to do for years.”

Shelby said she realizes that she has big shoes to fill.

“There has been a rich tradition of winning basketball here over the years, first with Gary and then Marty,” she said. “But I believe in myself. I feel I know the X’s and O’s pretty well and am ready to take the next step.”

Athletic Director Jerry Halstead, who recommended to the board that Shelby be promoted from assistant to head coach, said he is confident that Shelby is the right choice for Logan.

“I’m very excited for Amanda as she begins her head-coaching duties. She has earned her promotion,” he said.

The 35-year-old Shelby is a 1998 graduate of Massac County High School, where she was a standout basketball player. She went on to play four more years of ball for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. During her tenure there, the Cougars qualified twice for the Division II NCAA Tournament. She graduated from the Edwardsville campus in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.

In 2006, Shelby completed with honors a Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in sports studies at SIU-Carbondale. While working on that degree, she did an internship with the Logan women’s basketball program and has been there ever since.

“I would describe myself as an intense coach,” Shelby said. “I want us to be able to run an up-tempo style of offense and play pressure defense. Now, I just have to find the right pieces through recruiting to fill the holes we have.”