Heather Landry Shirley, MA, ATC, NCTMB/LMT, currently serves as senior athletic trainer and works primarily with the volleyball team. Shirley is responsible for assisting the senior associate athletics director of health and sport performance with various administrative duties including oversight of the Wesley "Doc" Knight Fieldhouse/Starnes Athletic Training Room. She also serves as the primary supervisor for the assistant athletic trainers responsible for baseball, women’s soccer, softball, and the graduate assistant athletic trainer responsible for men’s tennis, women’s tennis and rifle.
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 golf, 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. Prior to her current position, Shirley served as the primary athletic trainer for women's basketball from 2004-2011.
From May 2001-May 2002 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 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2001. 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, she went on to receive her master’s degree in higher education at Ole Miss in 2004. Shirley is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in Higher Education here at Ole Miss.
Shirley is a board certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, as well as a certified/licensed massage therapist. She has certification in CPR/AED and serves as lead CPR instructor. From 2008-2012, Shirley served as secretary for the Mississippi Athletic Trainer's Association.
A Baker, Louisiana, native, Shirley is married to William Shirley of Pontotoc, MS. They have a son, Colton.