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Zac Shaw Assistant Coach Second Season Ithaca ‘92 Zac Shaw enters his second season as an assistant with UConn and previously served as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island for six years. The 2005 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year, Shaw will work primarily with the goalkeepers.
top recruiter for notable players Christie Welsh (2001 Hermann Trophy Award Winner, U.S. National Team selection and three-time First-Team All-American) and Joanna Lohman (U.S. U-21 National Team captain and First-Team AllAmerican).
Shaw had previously served as the head coach at Rhode Island from 2005-10. During his tenure at URI, Shaw led the Rams to a 48-46-6 record while recruiting Women’s National Team members from Iceland, Canada, Finland and Guyana along with 2007 Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year Jessica Babice. Shaw was a finalist for the 2007 NSCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year award.
Shaw left Penn State in 2000 as a founding assistant coach in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) with the Carolina Courage. He then spent a year with the New York Power before returning to Penn State in 2002. He also spent 10 years as a member of the Region I Olympic Development coaching staff from 1998-2008.
Prior to his time at Rhode Island, Shaw spent one season at Florida and one season at Wisconsin as an assistant coach. While at Florida in 2004-05, Shaw helped lead the Gators to the SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. Florida ended the 2004-05 season with a No. 9 national ranking. At Wisconsin from 2003-04, Shaw recruited a class that finished the 2004 season at 16-5-1 after going 10-9-2 in 2003. Shaw began his Division I coaching career at Penn State from 1998-2000. Shaw returned to Penn State in 2002. During his time at Penn State, Shaw led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Conference Championship all four years while advancing to the NCAA Tournament College Cup in 2000 and 2002. During his tenure at Penn State, Shaw was the
Shaw founded and serves as the Director of Coaching for the Rhode Island Lambs Girls Soccer Academy from 2006 while also serving in the same capacity at the JamestownFortuna R.I. Soccer Club from 2006. He began his coaching career at Division III Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1992 before coaching his alma mater, Ithaca College, in 1994. A First-Team All-American goalkeeper at Ithaca in 1991, Shaw was inducted into the Ithaca College Hall of Fame in 1998. Shaw was named a First-Team NSCAA Regional All-American in 1990 and 1991 while being named Empire Athletic Association Athlete of the year in 1991-92. Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/neuroscience from Ithaca in 1992 and a master’s degree from Penn State in college counseling/college student personnel in 2001.
“Zac has a lot of experience playing and coaching at all levels. He comes from some very good programs and has proven himself to be a great recruiter. He is a very good goal keeper coach and he understands the game well from a tactical point of view. Zac is a valuable addition to our staff and program.” -- Head Coach Len Tsantiris
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Published on Aug 23, 2012