Shaw Hired As New Head Coach
May 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Chris Shaw has been named the head women's soccer coach at UNLV, Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy announced Wednesday.
Shaw comes to Las Vegas with a wealth of coaching experience, having spent the past 11 years as either head coach of a Division II program or assistant coach at the Division I level. Most recently, he served as the head women's soccer coach at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Taking over a Lady Bulldog program that had posted just 12 wins total in the four previous seasons combined, Shaw made an immediate impact by leading the 2013 squad to a 14-5-1 mark, the second-best record in school history. He guided the program to its first winning season and first Conference Carolinas Tournament appearance since 2008, and its first tournament win since 2005. For his work in turning around the program, Shaw was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Four players from the 2013 team were named All-Conference Carolinas, three were selected as NSCAA All-Southeast Region, and one became just the second NCAA Division II women's soccer All-American in Barton's history.
"Chris had everything we were looking for when we began this search for our new women's soccer coach, and we're excited that he will be joining us here at UNLV," said Kunzer-Murphy. "I know he is excited about the chance to take over our program and continue the winning tradition that has been established with our women's soccer program."
"The UNLV Rebel family is delighted to have Chris Shaw join us," said Associate Athletics Director Lisa Kelleher. "He has been a very successful head coach, has a great coaching intellect and we're thrilled that he will elevate our program."
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead the UNLV women's soccer program," said Shaw. "I was very impressed with the vision of the athletic department and their commitment to winning Mountain West championships. I would like to thank both Tina Kunzer-Murphy and Lisa Kelleher for entrusting the future of women's soccer program to me. The future looks very bright for this team with so many players returning and a talented incoming freshmen class. I look forward to a long and successful tenure as the new Head Coach of UNLV women's soccer."
Prior to spending the past year at Barton, Shaw was the associate head coach at North Carolina State for a total of four seasons. Among his highlights with the Wolfpack was recruiting a pair of All-ACC Freshman players, while the 2011 squad earned a 10-8-2 mark, which was the best for the school since 2002. Shaw's first Division I job was at current Mountain West member Fresno State, where he served as assistant coach from 2007-08, with the Bulldogs reaching the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2008 WAC championship.
Shaw's first head coaching job was also in the Conference Carolinas, guiding the University of Mount Olive from August of 2003 to 2007. His second year at the school set a NCAA Division II record for single season turnaround, finishing at 20-3 after a 3-15 mark the year before. That 20-3 mark was earned him conference coach of the year for his efforts, while the team also led the nation in scoring offense that season. The Trojans won their first-ever conference championship in 2004, and finished both the 2004 and 2006 seasons ranked in the 10 top in the region. Shaw finished his career at Mount Olive with a 52-34 record.
Other coaching positions Shaw has held include three years as an assistant men's coach at Methodist University and a volunteer assistant role at East Carolina in the 1995 season. He has been heavily involved on the club soccer side as well, most recently as the Capital Area Soccer League Coach since 2010. His west coast experiences include three years as a girls coach with California Odyssey and the Region IV ODP Girls Coach in the summer of 2008. Before taking the Mount Olive head coach position, Shaw was the head boys soccer coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C., while also teaching at the school from 1999-2003, and was the head girls coach in 2003 as well.
Shaw was an All-American at Methodist, helping the Monarchs to four-straight conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. He earned Adidas Scholar-Athlete All-American honors in 1993, while also being named the Methodist University Male Senior Athlete of the Year, and was a member of the USA South Conference 50th Anniversary Team. After graduating in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education, he played professional soccer for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL in 1994. Shaw would earn his master's of arts degree in exercise physiology in July of 1997 from East Carolina.
He holds the Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and an "A" level National License from U.S. Soccer.
Shaw becomes the sixth head coach in the program's history, and replaces Michael Coll, who resigned in March after two seasons to take the head coach position at UNC Greensboro. UNLV finished 2013 with a 10-8-3 record while reaching the Mountain West tournament for the fourth straight year. The Rebels will return seven starters from last year's squad.