Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Alabama head soccer coach Don Staley announced the addition of Shanna Caldwell to his staff as an assistant coach. Caldwell comes to Alabama from Oklahoma, where she spent the last three seasons as an assistant, helping take the Sooners to the 2003 NCAA tournament.
“We’re excited that Shanna will be joining our team,” Staley said. “She’s an energetic young coach that has a wealth of knowledge at the goalkeeping position, a spot where we are going to need her help this season.”
Caldwell played three seasons at goalkeeper for Connecticut in college and led the NCAA during her senior year in Goals-Against Average. Caldwell will have a young group to work with in the nets this season at Alabama, as the Tide has brought in the three freshmen to fill the void left by Laura Lowman.
“I’m excited about coming to Alabama and joining a program that is on the rise,” Caldwell said. “It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to go from one winning program to another.”
Caldwell joins assistant Katie Barnes and the Tide now features two assistant coaches who have played soccer on the professional level. Caldwell has played in the W-League for the Piedmont Sparks and Hampton Roads Piranhas.
In addition to three years at Oklahoma, Caldwell’s coaching experience includes one season as a volunteer assistant at UConn as well as an internship in the Huskies’ Strength and Conditioning program. She’s also coached in the Regions One and Three Olympic Development camps.