Shannon Billings (formerly Shannon Murphy) enters her third season as the lady Warriors head coach after guiding RC all the way to the USCAA national title game in her first season, and acquiring third place her second season. RC won 26 games in 2014 and qualified for the USCAA national tournament and A.I.I. conference tournament.
Billings, who was born in Fenton, Mich. graduated from Linden High School where she played volleyball and soccer. After graduation Billings went on to play at Siena Heights University and Mott Community College before finishing her career at Concordia University under head coach Justin Martin. During Murphy’s career at CUAA she became an academic All-American twice.
During her fifth year at Concordia, Billings served as a student assistant coach for the volleyball program under current head coach Karen Graves.
Billings began her ascend through the coaching ranks nine years ago when she began helping out at local middle school camps and clinics. She spent four years coaching for Huron Valley Volleyball Club, including her final season with the 16 national team.
In 2011, Billings was named the varsity head coach at Ypsilanti High School where she spent two seasons. In 2013 Billings took over as Skyline High School’s head varsity volleyball coach and went 19-21 in her first season.
While coaching for the local high school Billings also continued to coach at the club level where she has coached in the Huron Valley and Legacy Volleyball Clubs. This will be Coach Billings fourth season with Legacy, as she will be coaching the 17-West National team. She also spent a year head coaching Eastern Michigan University’s women’s club volleyball program.
Shannon married Nate Billings, who serves as an assistant coach for the Warriors, in December of 2014. Shannon and Nate reside in Rochester and have a 6 month old son named Avery.