Pictured: Katie Shields was recently named head women's soccer coach at Saint Louis University.
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Former Harvard soccer standout player and former assistant coach Katie Shields has been named head women's soccer coach at Saint Louis University.
Shields was promoted after serving as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. She spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern while coordinating the program's recruiting. Prior to her stint with the Wildcats, she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Harvard for three years and an assistant coach at UC Irvine for one season.
"During our search, we engaged in exhaustive communication with National Team coaches, U.S. Soccer officials and NCAA College Cup coaches," May said. "They were unanimous in their support of Katie Shields as a leader who is ready to be a successful head coach.
"Katie is passionate about soccer and is committed to our department goals of educating student-athletes, competing at the highest level and building community," May said. "We are confident she will develop a championship program by building trust, demonstrating a commitment to excellence and showing she cares about her student-athletes."
"I am thrilled and honored to be the head women's soccer coach at Saint Louis University," Shields said. "I am grateful to (vice president for student development) Dr. Kent Porterfield, Chris May, and (associate director of athletics) Janet Oberle for believing in me and my vision to lead the SLU women's soccer program.
Shields helped guide Harvard to the Ivy League title and appearances in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournaments.
She has coached two Ivy League Rookies of the Year, 16 all-conference selections and six National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region choices.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Shields served as assistant goalkeeping coach for the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer in 2009; head coach of the Boston Bolts F.C. U10-U12 girls for two years; and camp director/senior staff member of Soccerplus Goalkeeper School from 2006-11.
A goalkeeper, Shields enjoyed a distinguished playing career (2002-05) at Harvard. She garnered All-Ivy accolades all four seasons and was an NSCAA All-Region honoree and team captain her senior campaign. Shields ranked fourth nationally in save percentage in 2005, set the school record for shutouts in a season and helped lead the 2004 Crimson to the NCAA Championship.
Shields is a 2006 graduate of Harvard with a bachelor of arts degree in government.