Now in her 10th season at Arkansas State, Maria-Josee Desbiens Shaw is the longest tenured women's head golf coach in school history.
Since her arrival, she has piled up the second most tournament championships (7) and top-three finishes (23) among all the Red Wolves' head coaches.
Under her tutelage, Anna Carling became just the second A-State women's golfer to ever claim medalist honors at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2011. Including Carling, she has coached five players who have earned All-Sun Belt recognition. Placing a strong emphasis on academics as well, Desbiens Shaw has seen her A-State student-athletes earn All-America Scholar honors 40 times.
Her first nine seasons at the helm, Desbiens Shaw led the Red Wolves to five Lady Red Wolves Classic titles in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. A-State has never finishes lower than third place in its home tournament under Desbiens Shaw.
She immediately led the Red Wolves to their best showing in the Sun Belt Conference Championship in five years, and has now directed them to 78 top-10 finishes in 93 tournament's coached.
In 2011, Carling became the first A-State player to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament since 1999, and Desbiens Shaw also tutored Jennifer Welch (2012), Abi Laker (2013), Aracelly Jimenez Rios (2016) and Beth Ann Compton (2017) to All-Sun Belt Conference seasons. Jimenez Rios became in 2016 the only Red Wolves player to ever be named the league's Freshman of the Year.
The five players hold nine of the top 10 single-season stroke averages posted since 2002-03. Desbiens Shaw also coached Megan Garland, who holds the program's fourth best stroke average over the last 18 years.
Under the direction of Desbiens Shaw, A-State has placed fifth at each of the last four Sun Belt Conference championships for the program's best finish at the league tournament since taking fourth in 2004.
A-State has improved its team stroke average each of the last six years, including 2018-19 when the Red Wolves averaged 301.86 for the program's best mark since at least the 2002-03 season.
The 2018-19 campaign saw A-State claim its best three-round score ever at the league championships, which was also their best in any tournament since at least the 2000-01 season. The squad fired a 54-hole 889 led by all-tournament selection Maria Jose Atristain Vega who posted a career-best 220 to finish sixth overall.
A member of the LPGA Teaching Division from 1995-2006, Desbiens Shaw came to A-State after serving as the head women's golf coach at Oklahoma City University. At OCU, she directed the Stars to back-to-back NAIA national championships in 2008 and 2009, a national runner-up finish and three Sooner Athletic Conference titles. She was named NAIA Coach of the Year following both championship seasons and SAC Coach of the Year in 2009. She directed OCU to 17 tournament victories in 30 starts and coached one NAIA individual champion, eight first-team all-Americans, the NAIA Region VI champion, three SAC individual championship, four all-region players, 10 all-conference performers and three NAIA scholar-athlete award winners.
Prior to her time at Oklahoma City, Desbiens Shaw was the associate head golf coach at the University of Oklahoma for 10 years. At Oklahoma, she helped direct the Sooners to a sixth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships and coached nine All-Big 12 golfers, 38 academic all-Big 12 picks and 20 all-American scholars.
A native of Quebec, Desbiens Shaw earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a four-year letterwinner and captain of the Sooner's women's golf team. She was also a member of the Canadian national team from 1990-94 and was the 1990 Canadian Junior Champion.