Steve Shaw has led the Christopher Newport University men's soccer team since 1996, and has guided the Captains to national prominence. Under his guidance, the program became the first CNU sport to earn a national ranking of number one, has reached the Elite Eight four times, and has captured four conference tournament titles since 2009.
Entering his 21st season in 2016, the Dean of CNU head coaches became just the fourth coach in CNU Athletics history to reach 20 years of service for the Captains. He continues to add to an already impressive legacy after three years in the Capital Athletic Conference, moving up to 16th among active head coaches in career winning percentage.
The 2014 season marked one of the strongest in program history, as Shaw led CNU to its first CAC title and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The team danced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the fourth time in program history, and finished the year with 19 wins, ranked second most all-time. For his efforts, he was named NSCAA Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. The NSCAA has honored Shaw as Region Coach of the Year in 2000, 2009, 2011 and now, 2014.
In 2013, Shaw guided the Captains in its first season as members of the Capital Athletic Conference. CNU reached the CAC semifinals and finished the year with a 13-5-2. With the last win of the year, Shaw notched his 250th career coaching victory.
A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Shaw came to CNU following six seasons as an assistant at William & Mary. In 20 seasons leading the Captains, Shaw has amassed an overall record of 280-96-34 (.724), by far the best record in men’s soccer history at CNU. His coaching career has now spanned 37 years and his teams have produced a record of 452-159-62 (.718).
Shaw’s Captains have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in seven of the last ten years, and eight times in total. CNU first advanced to the Elite Eight in 2000, and then went to back-to-back Elite Eights in 2008 and 2009. The return trip in 2014 ended in a PK shootout, running CNU's overall postseason record to 11-6-4. Christopher Newport advanced to the second round of the NCAA’s in 2006 and 2010, and posted the best record in school history in 2011 going 17-1-1.
His first team at CNU in 1996 surprised everyone by going 13-5 just one year after the program had suffered through a 5-11 season. That CNU squad cracked the NCAA South Region Top 10 for the first time in many years.
In 2000, Shaw first took his Captains squad to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. By advancing that far, Shaw accomplished something that no other CNU athletic team had ever done at the time. The Captains posted their best record at the time by going 18-3-1, playing another power-packed schedule. The Dixie Conference recognized his efforts by naming him Coach of the Year.
Shaw’s imprint on the William & Mary program is evident by the fact the team went 86-32-14 in his six seasons there. Shaw was one of the key architects that turned the Tribe program into a national power.
Shaw can also be seen working with young people throughout the Tidewater community, mentoring young soccer players from the inner city as well as the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club. He has also made two trips to Africa where he has conducted clinics and donated soccer equipment while working with the International Young Life Organization and working with kids in Honduras.
Shaw was also an outstanding player at Morehead State, where he was nominated for All-America honors. He spent two years with the LaLiga Alajuelense Youth Reserve team in Costa Rica and played for the Kentucky Kickers, the state’s amateur champions.
After earning his bachelor’s degree at Morehead State, Shaw earned his masters from Eastern Kentucky. He is fluent in Spanish and also has a working knowledge of French, Portuguese and Italian.
Shaw and his wife Alice reside in Newport News, VA.