Where are they now? Cougars' golf, hoops leader



Name: Derrick Shelley    
Age: 22
Hometown: Seymour
Current residence: Muncie
Occupation: Recreation supervisor at Ball State University 
Family: Parents, Kevin and Nancy Shelley; sister, Danielle Shelley; brother, Denver Shelley 
High school: Trinity Lutheran, 2010 
Sports: Basketball, four years; golf, four years
Athletic highlights: Serving as captain of the basketball and golf teams, and earning the most valuable player award in golf 
College: Ball State University 

Major: Criminal justice and criminology

What drew you to sports?

“I have always been interested in sports. I have been playing some sort of sport since I was a child. It just became a way of life. It kept me active, and it helped develop character.”

What are your favorite memories of high school sports?

“All of the home games that I played during basketball and the awesome support we got from the community. As for golf, we won the Cougar Invitational my senior year. It took a lot of preparation and hard work, but it paid off.”

What was your biggest accomplishment?

“My biggest accomplishment was most valuable player award for golf. I had put in a lot of work, and it was a season of ups and downs. But with the help of coach (Greg) Personett, we worked around it, and I ended the season strong.”

Are you still involved in sports today?

“I currently supervise at the Recreation Center at Ball State, so I am around sports every day. I still get out on the courts and play a couple times a week.”

How did sports affect your life?

“I learned the value of teamwork and character. Both my basketball coach and golf coach taught me more about life than about the game, and those values that they taught me still apply today.”

What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?

“I would say to definitely get involved. Not only are you making friends and staying active, but the game will teach you a lot about yourself.”

Do you have any hobbies?

“Basketball and golf.”

Do you have a favorite sports team?

“I’m a fan of the Ball State Cardinals and the Indiana Hoosiers.”

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