Shirley Egner is in her 29th season as head coach of the UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team and is the all-time winningest coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history.
Egner has compiled a 526-229 (.697) overall record through 28 seasons with the Pointers. Over the last 17 seasons, Coach Egner has guided the Pointers to an average of nearly 23 wins per season and the team's 377-110 record over that span is the best mark of any WIAC team.
On November 16, 2014, Egner earned the 600th win of her coaching career as the Pointers defeated Martin Luther.
Egner is a four-time WIAC Coach of the Year honoree, earning the award in 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-2011. In 2010, Egner was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Egner was also named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Women’s Coach of the Year 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In 2012-13, the Pointers posted a 24-6 record and won the WIAC Conference Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
Egner led the Pointers to the 2001-02 NCAA Division III title with a 67-65 win over St. Lawrence (N.Y.). As National Champions, the Pointers finished with a 30-3 record and became the eighth team in NCAA Division III history to win 30 games in a season. Along the way to the championship, Egner guided the Pointers to a 66-60 victory over four-time defending Division III champion Washington (Mo.), snapping the Bears’ 70-game home winning streak.
UW-Stevens Point won back-to-back WIAC titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2003-04, the Pointers also captured their first-ever WIAC tournament crown and Egner was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.
In 2007-08, the Pointers finished third in the WIAC regular season standings, but became the first non-No. 1 seed ever to win the WIAC tournament crown with wins at Whitewater and at Eau Claire, as Egner was again named Coach of the Year.
Egner came to UW-Stevens Point from Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, La., where she served as a graduate assistant.
A native of McFarland, Wis., and a 1980 graduate of UW-La Crosse, she began her coaching career as head girls’ basketball coach at Shiocton (Wis.) High School. After a one-year stint as the girls’ freshman coach at Monona Grove (Wis.) High School, she became head girls’ coach at Waunakee (Wis.) High School, where she led the Warriors to a five-year record of 115-40, including conference titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and state tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987.
Following the 1986-87 season, she was named the WBCA District Five Coach of the Year and was chosen to coach the Class B South Team in the WBCA All-Star Game in Madison.
Egner, who was the chair of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball committee from 2006-08, is the senior women’s administrator for UW-Stevens Point Athletics.