"Paul is an incredible student of the game, with a thorough knowledge of teaching and instructing the technical aspects of soccer," Hicks said. "His experience leading coaches education programs for the past 13 years, combined with his experience as a head coach at the college level, give him the ideal mix of technical expertise in soccer, as well as leadership and development of student-athletes."
Shaw has more than 25 years of coaching experience, for the last 12 years, he was the coaching education director for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association. In that time, his responsibilities included, managing the delivery of US Soccer's Coaching Education Licenses, coach, player, and club development. He has also served the state as a head coach for Virginia's Olympic Development Programs' girl's teams, in regional events, Regional ODP Championships and on international tours.
"President Whitaker, Director of Athletics, Hicks and the selection committee have really made me feel welcome and a huge thanks to them for the opportunity to be part of the King University community," said Shaw. "It is with great excitement that my family and I look forward to the journey ahead with Tornado athletics and the women's soccer program."
Since 2012, Shaw has also been a national instructor for the United States Soccer Federation, teaching the US Soccer B, C, and Instructor's License, guiding coaches both on the field and in the classroom. Along with that, over the last five years, Shaw has served as an East Coast Talent ID Scout for US Soccer's girls youth national teams. He has coached training sessions at national training centers and identified players for the East Coach National Team Training Pools.
Prior to that, Shaw has college coaching experience as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University and American University, as well as serving as the head coach at Sweet Briar College. Shaw spent 10 years leading the soccer camp program as head coach for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He also comes with United Soccer League experience.
"He is committed to developing our student-athletes academically and athletically in a Christian environment, and aligns perfectly with our institutional and athletic goals," continued Hicks. "Our student-athletes will benefit on and off the field from his experience, expertise, and character."
Shaw earned his Bachelor's degree from Carleton University in 1990 and his Master's in 1999 from Western Illinois University.