Libby Shewski, Head Coach
Libby (Blasingame) Shewski started coaching at Excel in 2016 and is entering her fourth season coaching overall. Libby’s calling card is developing strong bonds with her players that allow her to push and motivate them to fulfill their potential. The past two seasons, Libby has been the Assistant Coach for our 13 Red age group. In that role, Libby shifted into a more prominent role within the club demonstrating leadership on the sideline as well as amongst the coaching staff. In 2019, Libby led the Excel 13N Red to qualify for USAV Girls Junior Nationals in the National Division. In 2018, Libby was a big part of a tremendously successful season for our 13 Blue team. Libby helped train, develop, and foster love of the sport for a team with many newbies to club volleyball. The peak of their season was a 3rd place finish at the Windy City Qualifier in the American Division. Multiple players from that team compete for top teams today and credit much of their on-going success to the initial passion Libby helped them to find for the sport at a young age.
In 2020, Libby was an instrumental piece of our 13 Red team as a very involved Assistant Coach. Libby was one of the first to take on the challenge of engaging her team members during the COVID break that ultimately ended the season prematurely with her team ranked 3rd in the region. Libby conducted regular workouts with her team in which she ran through zoom meetings while also completing the workouts herself. Her ability to create buy-in from the players helped to forge a lasting connection for that team. Upon recognizing Libby’s efforts and effectiveness, she began running HIIT training classes for our entire club helping to engage hundreds of viewers on a regular basis. It takes a special personality to generate this type of engagement and enthusiasm during the quarantine, and Libby is it.
Libby started playing club at 13’s and played for Excel for her entire club career - a true Excel Legend. She went on to play at John Brown University and played in every match throughout her four years and served as captain for two. She also led her team in blocks and hitting efficiency 3 out of the 4 years she was there. The highlight of her career was her senior year when she was named to the SAC Conference Tournament Team, All Sooner Athletic First Team, and AVCA First Team All-Region.
Libby majored in Business Administration and Accounting and is a Senior Tax Associate at KPMG in Dallas. She can be found playing or coaching volleyball almost every day of the week. Volleyball is her passion and she believes it’s so much more than a sport. It played a role in developing her character, taught her how to be a leader, showed her the importance of a strong work ethic, and helped her meet her best friends. She wants to share her love for the game with other girls and help develop them as volleyball players and people. Libby’s sister, Kate is another notable Alum of the club. Her youngest brother, Luke, also competed for the Boy’s program. Two additional examples of individuals following Libby’s leadership.