Kristin Shaw, a former player in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with collegiate coaching experience at NCAA Division I and III levels, is in her third year as head coach of the Colby College women's soccer program in the 2018-19 academic year.
Just the seventh head coach since the women’s program soccer began in 1979, Shaw came to Colby from Villanova University, where she spent two years as an assistant coach. Prior to Villanova, she was the head coach at Smith College, where she improved a struggling team, coaching the Pioneers’ first all-conference first team selection since 2006.
Shaw, who started her collegiate coaching career in 2006 at the University of Albany, was heavily involved with the New England Mutiny of the Women's Premier Soccer League. She played for the Mutiny from 2006 to 2008, was head coach of the Under-20 Team in 2011, and was general manager and head coach of the elite team in 2012.
Shaw helped Villanova make the 2014 Big East Tournament under head coach Fran Kulas. She and the rest of Villanova's coaches were working in the 2015-16 academic year under new athletics director Mark Jackson, a 1995 graduate of Colby.
Shaw took over a struggling Smith program in April 2011 and helped the Pioneers go from three wins in 2011 to seven wins in 2012. She helped increase the strength of schedule, with Smith playing six NCAA tourney teams in 2013. Shaw coached the Pioneers' first all-conference first team selection since 2006.
A native of Clayton, Calif., Shaw was a defender on the University of Washington women's soccer team where she earned her bachelor's degree in English literature and composition in 2000. She earned her master's degree in finance from University of Colorado in 2004 and was working as a systems analyst when she returned to soccer as an assistant coach at Albany. She was part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 after helping the Great Danes make the NCAA Division I Top 10 Most Improved Team list.
Shaw also has been active in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Region 1 (Northeast states) as a senior staff member and head coach.