Libby Shewski, Head Coach
Libby (Blasingame) Shewski started coaching at Excel in 2016 and is entering her sixth 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. Libby most recently completed her first season as the 12 Red Head Coach and age group lead. Her 12's experienced tremendous accomplishments due to Libby's commitment to train and develop her athletes. Their qualifier finishes in the gold bracket were a direct result of how hard they were trained. They took home 2nd in the 12 National Division at their first qualifier of the season at Sunshine Classic in Orlando, finished 3rd in the 12 National Division at Show Me in Kansas City, and finished 5th in the 12 National Division at Lonestar Classic in Dallas. They played up to 13's in two tournaments throughout the season and had a 1st and 2nd place finish respectfully. They received their bid to Nationals with a 2nd place finish at NTR Regionals and ended the regular season ranked 11th in the nation out of almost 2,000 teams. In her first season leading the 12's, the entire age group experienced their most successful season in the history of the club with all three national teams ranked in the top 25 of the region. 12 Red, 12 White, and 12 Blue all not only received their bid to Regionals but all three teams made it to the Gold bracket at NTR Regionals. Libby has a heart for all the kids in the 12's program knowing each of them by name and enjoys working together with the other coaches so every team can experience success.
In 2018 and 2019, Libby was 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 loves fitness and in her off time she enjoys working out and teaching strength training classes in Dallas. She's completed numerous half marathons and finished her first full at the BMW Marathon in Dallas in December of 2019. Volleyball is her true 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.