Growing up in Lassen County, Coach Shaffer acquired a deep appreciation for all sports, but basketball became her passion. She quickly excelled at the sport, earning team MVP honors from her high school league and section. As a result, she earned a full ride scholarship to Santa Clara University. While at Santa Clara, Coach Shaffer (then Dorinda Lindstrom), was an all-conference selection as a freshmen in the Nor-Pac conference, and again her Junior year for the W.C.C. and was conference MVP her senior year. By the end of her college career she had rewritten the Santa Clara record book for scoring as well as setting NCAA scoring records, one of which still stands today; “Made Consecutive Shots” (17). Dorinda was an All-American candidate her junior year in college and received an invitation to try-out for the national team. At the try-outs she received the highest rating for post moves but was cut for lack of size. After college she went on to play basketball professionally in Norway. She was inducted into the Santa Clara Hall of Fame in 1998.
Coach Shaffer was introduced to coaching by being given her Norway club’s B team to coach. This team went undefeated and won the Norwegian national championship (20-0). Upon returning to the States she landed the head assistant coaching job at the University of San Francisco where she was the defensive coordinator, in charge of conditioning and post player recruitment from 1990-1992. USF won the conference championship in 1992 (14-10) and was ranked #2 in the nation defensively. In 1992, she returned to Susanville to assist Gary Kloppenburg at Lassen College and was a part of the second back to back state championship in 1993 which finished with a record of 33-1. She took over as head coach at Lassen College in 1993 and led her team to a 25-6 season and a trip to the final eight. After that season, Coach Shaffer accepted a full-time position at Lassen High School where she coached Varsity Basketball and Field Hockey. Her coaching record both as a head coach and assistant coach up to this point was 106-27 but it was at the high school level that she believes she really learned to develop players. In 2009, she returned to Lassen College as the Head Coach.
Coach Shaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in History and in English from Santa Clara University. She also has a teaching credential for History and P.E. from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s of Science in P.E. from West Virginia University.
Dorinda Shaffer is married to Mark Shaffer. They have three children, Haylee, Nolan and Carissa