Former Women's Soccer Goalie Named SLU Head Coach

Published by David Steinbach on January 19, 2013 at 3:12AM

After four years playing goalie for the Harvard women’s soccer team and four different assistant coaching stints, Katie Shields ’06 has been named head coach of the Saint Louis University women’s team.The former goalie served as an assistant coach at Harvard for the 2007-09 seasons, helping guide the Crimson to a combined 29-16-7 record that included two Ivy League titles. Shields was an assistant coach for the Billikens last season, and she also served stints at Northwestern and UC Irvine.

"I am thrilled and honored to be the head women's soccer coach at Saint Louis University," Shields said in an article on GoCrimson.com. "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.”

Saint Louis compiled a 5-9-4 record last season. As the team will graduate only four players, Shields should have ample time to work with and improve her core squad in the offseason.

Shields ranks fourth in Harvard program history with 272 career saves, and she anchored a 2004 Crimson team that earned an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Named team captain her senior year, the goalie was voted onto the All-Ivy squad each of her four seasons.