Bump, Set, Spike.. Three words long time volleyball coach Shirley Brown knows all to well. Brown has been coaching for over 40 years, 25 of those as head coach for Woodrow Wilson. Being apart of the sport for so long, she has had many girls look up to her as a mentor. It only seems fitting to have a tournament named after someone who has put so much time and commitment into the sport. Tournament Director Andy Knapp says many of the players are excited to have Brown in their presence.
"It's the first tournament of the season. A lot of teams from the area come down a lot of coaches know her and know her history so they enjoy coming down here for the first tournament," said Knapp.
Brown recently retired two years ago from the head coaching spot at Woodrow. She still keeps up with all of her old players but says what makes her the happiest is seeing players continue their love for the game.
"What is really a great accomplishment for the girls and makes my heart feel good is to see so many of them go on to coach," said Brown.
Brown says it is truly a great experience to have a tournament in her name.
"It's really an honor for them to have thought of me and to name this after me," said Brown.
Fifteen teams participated in this year's Shirley Brown Invitational.
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