BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Jonathan Shaw is the new head coach for the Union College men's soccer program, Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced Wednesday.
A former standout player for the Bulldogs, Shaw spent the past six seasons as the team's assistant coach.
"Jon has done a great job with our program as an assistant and is ready for this challenge," said Curry. "I am looking forward to watch our program to continue to build upon the success we have enjoyed the past couple of years at Union College."
Shaw replaces Tyler Brock at the helm of the Bulldogs. Brock left to become the head coach at Northwestern Ohio following a 14-year stint at Union in which he posted a 129-116-24 record.
"I'm very excited and would like to thank Union College and Director of Athletics Tim Curry for giving me the opportunity to take over the men's soccer program," Shaw said. "Over the past few years as an assistant, I've had a big role in recruiting and implementing the team's DNA, which has helped us have a lot of success on and off the field, and I am pleased to get to continue on with this success."
A goalkeeper, Shaw earned All-Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) First Team honors in 2009 and 2010 and twice was named the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week. When he graduated in 2010, he left as the program's record holder in shutouts in a season (7) and shutouts in a career (17). Shaw ranks second all-time in saves with 281.
Shaw takes over a Bulldog program that has enjoyed unprecedented success the past two seasons. In 2015 and 2016, Union posted a combined 36-5-6 record and won the AAC regular-season title once (2016) and the AAC Tournament twice (2015 and 2016). The Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament both seasons, going 2-2-1 and making to the round of 16 in 2015 and the quarterfinal round in 2016. Union wrapped up 2016 ranked No. 7 in the NAIA.
"The goal for the upcoming year and future years is to get back to the national tournament and keep the program competing at a high level," Shaw said. "We have a great mix of returners and new players for the fall, and I'm excited to see what they can achieve."
Shaw is the fourth head coach since the program was reinstated in 1992.