Shari Behlmann Carder, '83

As soon as Shari walked in the doors of IWA, it was obvious that she was a great athlete. While she made the varsity softball, basketball, and volleyball teams her freshmen year, it was volleyball that was her true love. Shari started all 4 years on the varsity volleyball team and was an all around great player. She was a setter, incredible middle blocker and one of the most influential quick hitters in the state. She was, arguably, the first high school player in St. Louis to hit the short set and most opposing teams were intimidated by her. Coach Clemens described her as a mature and strong leader who carried herself with respect, dignity and had an amazing work ethic. Under the great coaching of Teri Clemens, Shari and her teammates won the Volleyball State Championship in 1982. After her high school career was over, Shari received a 4-year, full ride volleyball scholarship to Central Missouri State University. In her freshman season, she was voted the team’s Outstanding Rookie of the Year, but that was just the first of her many accomplishments. As a junior she was voted the team’s Most Improved Player; she was voted on the All Conference first team, and received the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Outstanding Player award. During Shari’s senior year, she was voted Outstanding Player of the NCAA Regional Tournament and she received the Central Missouri Sue Duello Award for Best Offensive Player. The American Volleyball Coaches Association voted her to the All-Regional team and selected her for the 1st team All-American squad. At CMSU, Shari continues to hold the record for the 3rd highest number of aces in a season, the 4th highest in a career and the 3rd highest individual single-match block assists record, and the number one highest hitting percentage for a season. Finally, Shari was honored by being selected to the Silver Anniversary Team which consisted of the best players to play for Central Missouri from 1970 -1994. Besides being a successful business executive for over 20 years, she has been busy serving as member of St. Joseph’s Grade School PTO and was the auction chairperson for 2 years, and now serves on the school athletic board. Most importantly she and her husband Merv have 3 wonderful children; Grant 13, Mitch 11, and Leah 8, all attending St. Joseph School with Shari, of course, serving as their volleyball coach.