When Julie Shelton announced her departure from Mt. Vernon for Butler on Tuesday, she took with her one of the most effective basketball minds Hancock County has ever known.
Butler women’s head coach Kurt Godlevske made the smart decision to add the Marauders’ girls basketball coach to his staff, joining former Indiana University legend Damon Bailey, who came on as an assistant last week.
Shelton, like Bailey, has a storied playing career. An Indiana All-Star for Seymour, Shelton went on to become Butler’s all-time leading scorer. The Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1992-93, Shelton remains the lone Butler women’s player to tally more than 2,000 career points.
I never knew Shelton (formerly VonDielingen) as a Bulldog, but I imagine her playing style was much like the Mt. Vernon teams she coached: smart and vicious.
If the Marauders got beat, which, with Shelton’s .706 winning percentage, was rare, it was only at the hands of a more physically talented team. Turnovers and other mental basketball mistakes were not tolerated in Shelton’s 16 seasons at the Mt. Vernon helm.