Thu, Jul. 8, 2010 - [Women's Soccer] - Viewed 1600 times
OTTAWA, KS - Ottawa University Head Women's Soccer Coach Craig Shaw has stepped down after three years to accept the position as head women's soccer coach at NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University (FHSU) (Kan.). Fort Hays State is a new soccer program and will not begin competition until the 2011 season. According to Athletic Director Arabie Conner, OU will seek a full-time replacement, opening a national search to begin immediately.
"I want to thank Arabie and the girls for what has been an amazing three years," said Shaw. "Without them I would not have received this amazing opportunity. I leave with a heavy heart."
In each of the three seasons that Shaw led the OU women's soccer team, the Lady Braves earned top three finishes in the KCAC. The team won the conference title this past season with a 9-0-0 record and went on to win the KCAC Tournament, which qualified them for the NAIA National Tournament. Shaw has a three year overall record of 38-20-3 and a KCAC record of 21-5-1.
Shaw has coached 19 all-conference players in three years at OU, three KCAC Freshmen of the Year, two NSCAA All-Southwest Region selections, one First Team Region IV selection, and six NAIA All-Americans. During his tenure, the program also had its first NSCAA All-American and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection. Shaw earned KCAC Coach of the Year and NSCAA Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2009.
"We appreciate and respect all that Coach Shaw has done to build our women's soccer program into a nationally recognized program both athletically and academically. We wish him all the best with his upcoming transition and challenge," said Conner. "Our women's soccer team is very well positioned to be a conference contender for the foreseeable future with a roster full of high quality student-athletes. The strength of the program, institution and resources should help considerably with our search to find a high character, high caliber coach to step in and help us continue to build the program."
Shaw will be with Ottawa University through the end of July and then begin his official duties at FHSU.