C-10 Podcast: Shelli Vaughan, Ep. 131

This week we’re chatting with Shelli Vaughan, the longtime and extremely successful dance team coach at Notre Dame de Sion High School here in the Kansas City area.

Now, why are we talking with a high school dance coach on a podcast that mainly features business leaders and talks about leadership and mentoring?

Well, as you may know, since 2017 we’ve had a program in partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals called Coaches with Character. Each year we recognize six coaches who are making Kansas City a better place.

This year we are featuring the coaches on this podcast because who knows better about leadership, building teams, team chemistry and so on than successful high school coaches?

Shelli Vaughan was not only the coach of the dance team, which won numerous state championships, but she also helped start the program….when she was just a junior in high school.

Since she took over as head coach in 2000, her teams won 15 Missouri state championships, including an incredible streak of 11 in a row. In 2020, Vaughan was selected as a “Coach of the Year” nominee by the National Dance Team Coaches Association.

In this chat, we talk about that coaching career, leadership highs and lows, building a team, and much more.



Here’s the article about Shelli Vaughan as the August Blue KC Coaches with Character honoree.

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