Greensboro,NC: Today the Carolina Dynamo announced they will field a Woman’s team this coming summer. The “Lady Dynamo” will play an exhibition schedule consisting of four to six matches against other high level women’s teams. The program is a seven week, high level comprehensive training program designed to prepare the college aged player for their upcoming college season. The Lady Dynamo will host an open try-out on Sunday, May 11th from 1:00-3:00 at the Smith Training Complex in Greensboro. Any player interested in playing should attend the trial. For more information, please click on the link below.
Program details: http://www.carolinadynamo.com/site/lady-dynamo/
Why a Women’s team
“Were obviously excited to re-launch a women’s team”, says Dynamo GM ScottZapko. “The past few years we’ve had great success in filling a niche in the gap of quality programming for the college aged male player, with not only the PDL team but also with our Reserve Team Program. The Lady Dynamo will be run very similar to our men’s reserve program, playing an exhibition schedule, and there is a fee to participate. The local youth clubs have done such an extra ordinary job of placing girls into college programs, but that’s kind of where it ends, as the Senior Club in the Triad I saw an opportunity to not only extend our already well know brand but also provide the female player an opportunity to play at the next level during the summer months”, Zapko added.
About the Coach
The Lady Dynamo will be coached by current Barton College Women’s Coach &former NC State Associate Head Coach, Chris Shaw. “I’m excited to have Chris lead the Lady Dynamo”, says Dynamo GM Scott Zapko. “Chris is a well accomplished coach, has worked with an extremely high level ofplayers, and has a passion for the Women’s game. I’ve known Chris for many years and trust he will do an exceptional job of building our Women’s team”, Zapko added.
Lady Dynamo Head Coach, Chris Shaw says ” I’m very excited to be working with such an established organization as the Dynamo. I’m looking forward to providing a quality training program, and working with some of the top local women’s college talent”
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Chris Shaw completed his first season as headcoach of the women’s soccer program at Barton College in 2013.
Inheriting a program that had recorded just 12 wins in the four previous seasons combined, Shaw made an immediate impact by leading his 2013 team to 14 wins. Shaw guided the program to its first winning season and first Conference Carolinas Tournament appearance since 2008, and its first tournament win since 2005.
For his work in instantly turning around theprogram, Shaw was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Under his leadership, four players from the 2013 team were named All-Conference Carolinas, three were selected as NSCAAAll-Southeast Region, and one became Barton’s second ever NCAA Division II women’s soccer All-American.
Prior to coaching the Lady Bulldogs, Shaw spent four years as associate head coach at North Carolina State University. Coach Shaw helped guide the Wolfpack in the Division I ranks and in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He also spent two years as assistant coach at Fresno State University before NC State.
Shaw had coaching experience at the Division II level and within Conference Carolinas prior to Barton as head women’s soccer coach at local foe Mount Olive College for four seasons (2003-2007). During his tenure at Mount Olive, Shaw guided the Trojans to a 52-34 overall record. In 2004, Coach Shaw led Mount Olive to a 20-3 record, the league tournament title(formally CVAC), and was named the conference Coach of the Year.
?Shaw, who holds the Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and an “A” level National License from U.S. Soccer, was an All-American collegiate player at Methodist University. He contributed to the Monarchs winning four league titles and advancing to four NCAA tournament appearances. Shaw earned Academic All-America status and was Methodist’s male Athlete of the Year before graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Physical Education.
Shaw played professional soccer for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL before earning a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in 1997.
About the Carolina Dynamo:
Based in Greensboro, the Carolina Dynamo is the oldest minor league soccer team in the nation. The Dynamo is entering our 22nd season in 2014. The Dynamo is a team of elite college players with professional aspirations. They compete for the Dynamo during the summer (our season runs May – July/Aug.) playing games in Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina, prior to entering the playoffs. Manyof our players are drafted by MLS clubs and can been seen playing NationalTV the following year. The Dynamo has 40 former players currently playing professionally, including 19 in Major League Soccer. Some 77 players have been selected in the MLS Superdraft after playing for the Dynamo. The Carolina Dynamo is one most successful clubs in all of US Soccer, having won five National Championships, multiple Conference Championships, and 12 Division Titles.