GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College assistant men’s basketball coach Claude Shields resigned his position and was named head coach at William Peace University Tuesday. Shields, who served on the Quakers’ staff from 2010-11, is William Peace’s first men’s basketball coach as the school adds men’s sports for the first time in 2012. He will also coach the Pacers’ men’s golf team.
Shields joined Guilford’s coaching staff in the fall of 2010 upon his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He directed the Quakers’ junior varsity team and helped head coach Tom Palombo recruit 17 new students into the program this year, including seven of now playing on Guilford’s varsity team. Guilford posted a 16-10 overall record in 2010-11.
Shields is the second former Guilford assistant coach to accept a head coaching position in the past two years. Matt Parke left the Quakers’ staff in 2010 to become head coach at Averett University, one of William Peace’s USA South Athletic Conference rivals.