Feb. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Pam Shirley currently resides in Portland Oregon and works for the Department of Justice. After starring at Utah State as a basketball, volleyball and softball player, Pam was drafted by the California Dream, a Women's Professional Basketball League team. She later went on to play golf professionally for sixteen years and teach golf for a few years beyond that. We recently had the opportunity to sit down her and catch up with everything she has been up to.
1. When you think of your time at Utah State University, who is the first person you think of?
I don't really think of one person per se, but of all my teammates. I think of everyone on all the teams I played with for softball, volleyball and basketball. I think of my coaches, John Herran, Marilyn Wees and Cindy Perkins and the great times I had with them.
2. What was your most memorable experience at USU as both a student athlete and outside of athletics?
One of my great experiences as an athlete was when we went to nationals in softball (Omaha) my junior year, placing fifth in the country. We overachieved as a program by just getting out of the regionals by beating New Mexico, a very established program. It was all quite a thrill. A close second would be another season in basketball when we made it to regionals, that was quite the experience too.
My most memorable experience outside of athletics, I would have to say, was as a physical education major. A lot of us PE students had to go through dance classes together, including modern dance. Those were always very funny, as most of us weren't necessarily professional dancers. I also really enjoyed all the other times with my classmates in the physical education department.
3. Since Utah State, what activities have you been involved with in your community or engaged in outside of your career?
I have taught for The Children's Course, a program for children at risk. It's an opportunity for these children to learn both life skills and golf in the Portland area. Being in the golf business for twenty years and a PGA member for 16 years, I try to volunteer for anything associated with golf in the community, including giving away any free lessons for charity and volunteering for Clubs for Kids.
4. How did your experience at Utah State help prepare you for successes in your career?
The multiple sports upbringing as an Aggie as well as the lessons learned through my physical education degree really had an impact on my golf career. My physical education classes also helped me as a golf instructor in the long run.
5. What is the most fun you have had in the last five years?
I love biking, traveling and the outdoors. This year I went on a big bike tour and did the Grand Tetons, starting in Idaho and going over the Teton Mountains into Jackson Hole. I also did a marathon for the first time this past year in Portland, which was something I never thought I would or could accomplish.
6. When was the last time you were on the USU campus?
I was just in Logan this past February for a meeting with the new USU Varsity Club National Advisory Board. Afterwards, we attended the basketball game between us and Wichita State. I had just a great time both being back at Utah State and getting to spend time with some of the other former student athletes.
7. What were your favorite places in or fondest memories of Logan?
I loved driving down through Logan Canyon and into Cache Valley, it was always just beautiful. I'm also a very big fan of our campus and the college town atmosphere.
...Is there anything else you would like to say?
I had such a great time and loved going to Utah State. I will always be an Aggie. I think the experience of going to college at USU really helped me through my life. Also, I love Logan, it's always fun being there.
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