|Assistant Coach - Zac Shaw|
Zac Shaw, 34, begins his first season with the University of Florida soccer team in 2004. He will coordinate the training of the Gator goalkeepers in addition to other coaching and recruiting responsibilities.
Shaw brings nine years of collegiate and two years of professional coaching experience to the Gator program. He comes to Florida after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin women's team since February of 2003. Shaw also was an assistant coach with another Big Ten team, Penn State University, in two different stretches (1998-2000, fall 2002). During Shaw's time with the Nittany Lion women's soccer team, PSU advanced to the NCAA College Cup in both 1999 and 2002, reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1998 and '00 and claimed the Big Ten title each of the four seasons.
He also was an assistant coach/goalkeeper trainer of the New York Power (2002 season) and the Carolina Courage (2001 season) of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the professional women's soccer league.
Shaw began his coaching career as an assistant at Nazareth College in 1992-93 and was an assistant at his alma mater in 1994-95.
In addition to college coaching, Shaw serves as a Region I Olympic Development Staff Coach and was the 1999 Director of Goalkeeping for the Western Pennsylvania ODP.
His credentials also include collegiate, international and professional playing experience. A first-team 1991 All-American from Ithaca, Shaw was named to the Ithaca College Hall of Fame in 1998. The 1991 ISAA Division III Goalkeeper of the Year, Shaw was also the Empire Athletic Association Athlete of the Year 1991-92.
After college, Shaw played professionally with several teams in Belgium from 1993-96. He started with the Division I Club Brugges in spring of 1993 and ended with the Division II K.V. Kortrijk in spring of 1996. He returned to the states in the summer of 1996 and played with the A-League Rochester Raging Rhinos in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., and Atlanta Ruckus. He ended his professional career with the Buffalo Blizzard, members of the National Professional Soccer League.
He also worked as the Director of Museum Operations at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., from 1997-98.
Shaw received his bachelor's degree in psychology/neuroscience from Ithaca College in 1992.