RALEIGH, NC – The Department of Athletics at Shaw University officially announced the addition of men's and women's soccer to its varsity sport teams Wednesday morning. Shaw will compete as NCAA Division II in the Fall of 2017.
With the addition of men's and women's soccer, Shaw will now offer a total of 13 sport teams that include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, football, women's bowling, women's volleyball, women's outdoor track and field, and softball.
"We are very excited about the addition of men's and women's varsity soccer to our athletic programs starting Fall 2017," said Director of Athletics, Dr. Alfonza Carter.
Luis Cortell will lead both programs, Cortell spent this past year leading a talented men's and women's club soccer team at Shaw while constantly hitting the recruiting trail with his staff.
"I would like to first thank Dr. Carter and President Dubroy on the confidence deposited on me to create the first ever men's and women's soccer program at Shaw University. Our staff job for the past seven months has been to recruit students, athletes, and community ambassadors all packaged into one and we believe we have found a lot of student-athletes that will allow our program to have a successful first season," added Coach Cortell.
Prior to Shaw, Cortell spent one year at the Charlotte United Futbol Club in Charlotte, NC. Before moving to Charlotte, Cortell 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.
In 2013, 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.
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.
A schedule for both men's and women's soccer 2017 is forthcoming.
For the most up-to-date information Shaw men's and women's soccer and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit shawbears.com.