Heather Landry Shirley, MA, ATC, NCTMB/LMT, currently serves as senior athletic trainer and the staff athletic trainer for Softball and Volleyball. In addition, Shirley is the primary supervisor for the assistant athletic trainer's responsible for baseball and women's soccer, as well as graduate assistant athletic trainer's working with softball, volleyball, women's golf, men's tennis, and women's tennis.
Shirley is responsible for assisting the senior associate athletics director of Health and Sport Performance with various administrative duties including the oversight of the C.L. Mullins/Starnes Athletic Training Room. In conjunction with her daily work responsibilities, Shirley is a current doctoral candidate within the Higher Education department here at Ole Miss.
Prior to her current position, Shirley served as the primary athletic trainer for women's basketball from 2004-2011. Shirley arrived at Ole Miss in the summer of 2002 and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer working directly with the men's and women's basketball squads, men's and women's golf, and rifle. After assisting with both basketball squads for over a year, Shirley spent the spring 2004 semester as the primary athletic trainer for women's basketball on an interim basis, before being hired full-time as an assistant athletic trainer in June 2004. Shirley was then promoted to senior athletic trainer in 2007.
A Baker, La., native, Shirley received her master's degree in Higher Education at Ole Miss in May of 2004.
She graduated from LSU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. During her time on the LSU athletic training staff, Shirley worked with the Tiger football, women's tennis, volleyball and women's soccer teams. In 1998, she received the Adam Sturlese Memorial Student Athletic Trainer of the Year award.
Following graduation from LSU, Shirley worked as a Physical Therapy Technician at Moreau Physical Therapy until 2002. In her position, Shirley assisted physical therapists with daily treatments, including modalities, rehabilitation, and inventory. Shirley simultaneously attended Massage Therapy School at Medical Training College. Shirley is a licensed massage therapist and her expertise is used often in the athletic training room. Shirley is a board certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and has certification in CPR/AED and serves and serves as a CPR instructor. She served as secretary for the Mississippi Athletic Trainer's Association from July 2008-July 2012.
Heather married William Shirley of Pontotoc, Miss., in July of 2010. She is the daughter of Sandra LaValley and the proud owner of a chocolate lab named Baylee.