Shaw University to add soccer teams
The Department of Athletics at Shaw University announced the addition of men’s and women’s soccer to its varsity sport teams Wednesday morning. Shaw will compete as NCAA Division II in fall 2017.
With the addition of men’s and women’s soccer, Shaw will now offer a total of 13 sport teams that include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, football, women’s bowling, women’s volleyball, women’s outdoor track and field, and softball.
“We are very excited about the addition of men’s and women’s varsity soccer to our athletic programs starting fall 2017,” said director of athletics Alfonza Carter.
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Luis Cortell will lead both programs, Cortell spent this past year leading a talented men’s and women’s club soccer team at Shaw while recruiting with his staff.
“I would like to first thank Dr. Carter and President Dubroy on the confidence deposited on me to create the first ever men’s and women’s soccer program at Shaw University. Our staff job for the past seven months has been to recruit students, athletes, and community ambassadors all packaged into one and we believe we have found a lot of student-athletes that will allow our program to have a successful first season,” added coach Cortell.
Shaw has not announced a 2017 schedule for the teams.
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Track & field
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