Boston Breakers Add Katie Shields to Coaching Staff
Posted by iamhannah on March 3, 2009
Westwood, Mass. (March 3, 2009) – The Boston Breakers announced that Harvard Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Katie Shields has joined the Breakers coaching staff for the 2009 season. Shields will continue to serve in her current position with both the Crimson and as Assistant Director of the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Boston Breakers and the inaugural season of WPS,” said Shields. “Tony DiCicco is one of the greatest coaches in the women’s game and I am excited to be a part of his staff and vision for the Boston Breakers. The combination of working with Tony, (assistant coach) Lisa (Cole) and helping to establish a permanent women’s pro soccer league in this country is an opportunity I could not pass up.”
Shields was a standout goalkeeper for Harvard, garnering All-Ivy League accolades all four years, in addition to NSCAA First-Team All-Northeast Region honors in 2005 after recording a school-record 11 shutouts. She finished her career ranked second all-time at Harvard in minutes played (4,145), third in total saves (272) and fifth in save percentage (.863). She led the Crimson to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004, and her .908 save percentage in 2005 is the 10th-best single-season performance in NCAA history.
After graduation, Shields held assistant coaching positions at Arizona State and UC Irvine before rejoining her alma mater as goalkeeping coach in 2007. During her first season, Shields helped coach Crimson goalkeeper Lauren Mann to Second-Team All-Ivy League honors. She continued her coaching success this past year, helping the Crimson to a 10-3-5 record, an Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April and continue through August.
Courtesy of: Boston Breakers