RALEIGH, N.C. – The Department of Athletics at Shaw University announced the addition of men's and women's club soccer to a thriving Bears and Lady Bears athletics program on Wednesday afternoon. Both programs will compete as club for the Fall of 2016 with intentions of competing as NCAA Division II sponsorships in the Fall of 2017. Shaw also tapped Luis Cortell to lead the Bears and Lady Bears soccer clubs.
"I am very excited about adding men's and women's club soccer to a line-up of stellar programs here at Shaw, said Director of Athletics Dr. Alfonza Carter. "I am also elated that we have hired Luis Cortell as our men's and women's head soccer coach. He is no doubt a proven winner and we are happy to have him on board," said Dr. Carter.
Prior to coming to Shaw, Cortell spent the past year as the head coach of the Charlotte United Futbol Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before moving to Charlotte, he was head coach of the West Virginia Tech University soccer team for five years where he holds the all-time record for winning percentage at .777 (70-18-6), career wins, wins in a season, and all his teams were ranked in every single-season category.
He also stressed academics during his tenure and led the WVU Tech program to a 2.65 GPA in 2009-10 during his first season in charge, then to an average GPA 3.0 in subsequent seasons.
In 2013, Coach Cortell guided the WVU Tech team to an overall record of 18-2-1 and the title of 2013 USCAA National Champions, followed by another USCAA National Championships title in a record of 18-0-1 in 2014.
Cortell has been an integral part of coaching staffs that have produced four All-American academic teams, 13 All-Americans, six conference players of the year, nine All-Region selections, 33 All-Conference selections and 52 All-Academic selections. In 2008 and 2009, his teams were crowned as the GLIAC Tournament Champions and made a post-season appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2008. His teams also made the NSCAA All-Academic team in 2008 and 2009.
Cortell stated, "I want to thank both President Dr. Dubroy and Director of Athletics, Dr. Carter for the appointment. I felt the love and warm welcome when I arrived here and I am looking forward to having a great men's and women's soccer club team and begin a new phase here at Shaw."
As a student-athlete, Cortell attended and played for the University of Findlay. He started 60 of the 63 games during his career and is the current record holder in seven all-time and single season records for the Oilers since joining the NCAA II, including the single season record in goals (16-2001 and 2003) and the all-time in goals with 45.
Cortell served as a team captain for two seasons, was named an NSCAA All-American and was selected to the All-Region Team twice and All-GLIAC Team three times. During his playing career at Findlay, the Oilers enjoyed consistent success on the national level, concluding three seasons ranked 22nd, 24th and 5th in NCAA DII before finishing his collegiate playing career with a Final Four appearance. Cortell rounded out his playing career in 2005 after playing professionally for two seasons with the Toledo Slayers under head coach Lee Akliabar.
He is a native of Valencia, Spain and currently resides in Cary, NC with his family.
Students interested in participating in soccer must be a full time student at Shaw beginning in the fall of 2016. For more information, prospective student-athletes should contact the Department of Athletics at Shaw at (919) 719-6336 or visit our website at www.shawbears.com.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw soccer teams and its 11 varsity sport teams, visit shawbears.com.