Tom Shirley heads into his 25rd season at the helm of the Philadelphia University women’s basketball team and 33st overall.
In his career Shirley, who has been the University’s director of athletics since 1992, has won 641 games, which places him fifth on the NCAA D-II career wins list and 30th on the NCAA all-divisions career coaching wins list. On Jan. 19, 2011, Shirley eclipsed the 600-win plateau as his Lady Rams defeated Chestnut Hill College 76-60.
Shirley began his coaching career at his alma mater Allentown College (now DeSales University), where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in economics, in 1981. He led the Centaurs to a record of 149-73 in his eight seasons, including a 24-6 record and a Division III Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 1989-90 season.
One of the most successful women’s basketball head coaches in NCAA history, Shirley has racked up numerous awards throughout his career. He has been inducted into the DeSales University, Philadelphia University and Montgomery County Coaches Halls of Fame. In 2007 Shirley was named the AstroTurf NCAA Division II Athletic Director of the Year. After posting a 27-2 record and taking the Lady Rams to the NCAA tournament for the first time during the 1992-93 season, Shirley earned the Converse District Coach of the Year and American Women’s Sports Federation Division II Coach of the Year awards.
Shirley currently sits on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee and the CACC Athletic Directors Council. He previously served a term on the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship Committee.