Julie Shelton returned to her alma mater in 2014 to become an assistant coach for the women's basketball program. Butler alums may be more familiar with Coach Shelton's maiden name, VonDielingen, as in the Julie VonDielingen that holds multiple scoring records in the women's basketball record book.
A 2006 Butler Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Shelton is regarded as one of the top women's basketball players to ever wear a Butler uniform. She finished her career as Butler's all-time leading scorer and as the second all-time leading scorer in the Horizon League.
She's the only player in Butler women's basketball history to score over 2,000 career points, finishing with an all-time record 2,018 points. She was a four-time, first team all-league performer, and she was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1992-93.
The talented center was named District 4 Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers in 1989-90 and was picked to the All-America team by Basketball Times in 1992-93. She currently owns 11 Butler single game, single season and career basketball records.
Shelton's coaching career is equally as impressive as the former Butler standout spent 16 years at the post of the Mt. Vernon women's basketball high school team leading the Marauders to a 260-107 record during her tenure.
Recent success includes winning a 3A State Championship in 2013, reaching semi-state in 2012 and five sectional titles ranging from 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Numerous coaching awards have been handed to Shelton throughout her outstanding career some of which include being named NFHS State Coach of the Year in 2011-12, ICGSA State Coach of the Year in 2011-12, ICGSA District 4 Coach of the Year in 2010-11, and being a two-time IBCA District Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2012.
An exceptional player at Seymour H.S., Shelton was inducted into the Indiana High School Hall of Fame as a member of the Silver Anniversary Team in 2014. She left Seymour to continue her career at Butler and has only had one coaching job since as the head coach at Mt. Vernon.
Shelton earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Butler in elementary education in May of 1993. She went back to school to earn her Master's degree in special education at IUPUI in May of 2003.
Natalie Morse was hired as an assistant coach at Butler in June of 2016. Head Coach Kurt Godlevske promoted Morse who originally joined the women's basketball staff in 2014 as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Morse played basketball at Hanover College and continued her career while playing professionally for the Durham Wildcats in the University League. Her two-year stint as the Butler Director of Basketball Operations launched her young coaching career.
Morse attended Mitchell H.S. where she played shooting guard for the Bluejackets while competing against top rival Bedford North Lawrence where Godlevske then served as head coach. Upon high school graduation, Morse attended Hanover College from 2009-13. She helped guide her team to two NCAA DIII National Tournament Appearances. The shooting guard was a HCAC All-Tournament Team selection in 2011 and represented the team as a captain during her senior campaign.
The 2013 Hanover graduate was able to further her basketball career by signing a contract to play overseas for the Durham Wildcats women's basketball team. During her one season in England her team was on the verge of a championship as they were named University League National Champion Runner-Ups.
A psychology major at Hanover, Morse also earned her master's degree in development cognitive neuropsychology from Durham University.
Director of Operations
Daress McClung returned to the Butler women's basketball program at the start of the 2016-17 season as the Director of Basketball Operations. The former Bulldog standout was a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection as well as a Second Team All-BIG EAST player during her two-year BU career.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Daress back to Butler to rejoin our women's basketball program," Head Coach Kurt Godlevske said. Having coached Daress during the 2013-14 season, I know she's a bright, hard-working, fantastic person that comes from a great family. Daress will be a valuable asset for our young ladies because she knows what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete at Butler and in the BIG EAST Conference. Welcome home Daress!"
McClung played her first two seasons of collegiate basketball at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Butler. The versatile forward flourished during her first season as a Bulldog in 2012-13 by being recognized as the team MVP. She ended the year as a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 player while leading the team and ranking second in the league with a 16.4 scoring average. McClung nearly averaged a double-double as she also pulled down 9.0 rebounds per contest, ranking fifth in the A-10.
Year two as a Bulldog also went well with McClung earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. She averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. McClung ended her senior campaign with six double doubles, including a 23-point, 12 rebound performance against UIC.
McClung attempted to continue her basketball career after graduation by signing a pair of professional contracts overseas. She most recently spent time with Al Spar Canaria of Las Palmas, Spain, but her season was cut short due to injury.
After returning to the states in 2015, McClung has been working as an educator proxy and admin assistant for Lawrence North High School. McClung earned her degree in organizational leadership and communications at Butler.