PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann announced today (Jan. 21) that Jamie Shadd has been named the new head women's soccer coach at the school. Shadd, a Cleveland native who played collegiately at Gannon University, was most recently an assistant at Millersville University.
(Watch an interview with Coach Shadd below.)
"We are thrilled to have Jamie join the Storm family and proud to have her lead our women's soccer program," Zimmermann said. "Jamie impressed the search committee with her passion, experience and attitude. She will be a tremendous asset to the department and will be tireless in her efforts to build a program that is a consistent contender in the Great Lakers Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Prior to coaching at Millersville, Shadd began her career as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater in 2008 and then moved on to Division III Allegheny College. At Allegheny, she helped the Gators to an 11-6-2 record and NCAA Tournament appearance. She joined the Millersville staff in July of 2010.
"I'm very excited and extremely thankful to Griz Zimmermann and President Victor for the opportunity to be the head coach at Lake Erie College," Shadd said. "The College has a strong tradition of academic excellence and a growing athletic department, one that is making a name for itself at the Division II level. Being a head coach is a dream and I'm very excited to be able to contribute to creating a winning tradition and helping our players grow as students and athletes."
Shadd was a four-year letter-winner and starter during her career at Gannon, earning CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and GLIAC All-Academic Team honors. In 2006, she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region team and All-GLIAC Second Team after scoring 12 goals, including four game-winners, and 26 points to lead the Golden Knights.
She finished her career ranked in the top six in school history in goals scored, points and assists.
"From my playing and coaching experiences, I know I will bring a passion for the sport and instill discipline and a good work ethic in our team," Shadd said. "We have a young, talented core in place with a lot of potential for growth in the near future. With that core and by brining in quality recruits, there is no doubt in my mind we can create a winning program that competes in the GLIAC and at the NCAA level."
A graduate of Cleveland's Padua Franciscan High School, Shadd has extensive experience in planning team training sessions, fitness and conditioning programs, fundraising and recruiting. She has also coached and served as director of club operations for the Xplosion Football Club in Cleveland since 2007 and coached with the Erie Admirals Soccer Club.
Shadd earned her bachelor's degree in elementary/special education from Gannon in 2007 and received a master's degree in education curriculum and instruction from the school in 2009.