MARION — Unlike the athletes with whom she will speak, Jana Shipley was behind in golf.

Nonetheless, the former Ohio State and Ohio Wesleyan women’s golf coach will be the guest speaker at this year’s Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association Banquet scheduled for July 28 at Kings Mill Golf Course in Waldo. .

When Shipley was a student at Big Walnut in the 1970s, athletics was her outlet, along with women’s basketball and volleyball. She then played track at Ohio State where she majored in the pentathlon, setting an OSU record in that event.

During a season as a college boys’ and girls’ track and field coach at Big Walnut in 1980, she learned the pole vault in order to teach her male athletes. In doing so, she became a pioneer in women’s pole vault, setting national and world records from the early stages of competition in the women’s discipline.

She graduated from Ohio State in 1979 and earned her master’s degree from the school in 1981.

In 1980, she was hired as head coach of women’s track and field at Ohio Wesleyan. Shipley helped the Battling Bishops win the first North Coast Athletic Conference indoor track and field championship in 1985 as well as several Ohio Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women (OAISW) state titles in the years leading up to the affiliation of Ohio Wesleyan women’s teams to a sport. conference.

In the 1980s, she started golfing at Mill Creek in Ostrander and quickly grew to love the sport, eventually changing careers from track to golf. She left coaching to become an assistant at Muirfield Country Club for two years before being hired at Ohio State to be head coach of the women’s golf program in 1987.

With the Buckeyes, she led them to a Big Ten championship and two NCAA spots before stepping down in 1991 to start a family.

Shipley remained active in golf, competing in regional and national tournaments. She qualified for the USGA Mid-Amateur and finished second in the Women’s National Club Championship.

She has also worked as a golf professional at Muirfield, Ohio State University Golf Courses and Meadows Resort in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2010, Shipley returned to Ohio Wesleyan and coached, starting the new women’s golf program at the school. She remained at OWU for 10 years before her position was cut due to fallout from the COVID-19 shutdown. During his tenure with the Bishops, they won six tournaments.

Today, Shipley runs a youth program at Mill Creek where 33 golfers learn the game.