Chris Shaw | Head Coach
Chris Shaw became the sixth head coach in program history on May 21, 2014.
Shaw came to Las Vegas with a wealth of coaching experience, having spent the past 11 years coaching at the collegiate level. Most recently, he served as the head women's soccer coach at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Taking over a Lady Bulldog program that had posted just 12 total wins in the four previous seasons, Shaw made an immediate impact by leading the 2013 squad to a 14-5-1 mark - the second-best record in school history and the second best improvement in Division II that year as well. He 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 turning around the program, Shaw was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Four players from the 2013 team were named All-Conference Carolinas, three were selected as NSCAA All-Southeast Region, and one became just the second NCAA Division II women's soccer All-American in Barton's history.
Prior to spending the past year at Barton, Shaw was the associate head coach at North Carolina State for a total of four seasons. Among his highlights with the Wolfpack was recruiting a pair of All-ACC Freshman players, while the 2011 squad earned a 10-8-2 mark, which was the best for the school since 2002.
Shaw's first Division I job was at current Mountain West member Fresno State, where he served as assistant coach from 2007-08,with the Bulldogs reaching the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2008 WAC championship.
Shaw's first head coaching job was also in the Conference Carolinas, guiding the University of Mount Olive from 2003 to 2007. His second year at the school set a NCAA Division II record for single-season turnaround, finishing at 20-3 after a 3-15 mark the year before. Combined with his turnaround at Barton, Shaw is the only coach to have two difference teams on the all-time most improved record list for Division II.
The 20-3 mark that season earned him conference coach of the year, while the team also led the nation in scoring offense. The Trojans won their first-ever conference championship in 2004, and finished both the 2004 and 2006 seasons ranked in the 10 top in the region. Shaw finished his career at Mount Olive with a 52-34 record.
Other coaching positions Shaw held include three years as an assistant men's coach at Methodist University and a volunteer assistant role at East Carolina in the 1995 season. He has been heavily involved on the club soccer side as well, most recently as the Capital Area Soccer League Coach since 2010. His West Coast experiences include two years as a girls coach with California Odyssey and the Region IV ODP Girls Coach in the summer of 2008. From 2009 until accepting the UNLV job, he served as North Carolina Olympic Development Head Coach.
Shaw was an All-American at Methodist, and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015. He helped the Monarchs win four-straight conference championships and go to four NCAA tournament appearances. He earned Adidas Scholar-Athlete All-American honors in 1993, was named the Methodist University Male Senior Athlete of the Year and was a member of the USA South Conference 50th Anniversary Team. After graduating in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education, he played professional soccer for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL in 1994. Shaw would earn his Masters of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology in July of 1997 from East Carolina.
He holds the Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and an "A" level National License from U.S. Soccer.
J.J. Wozniak | Assistant Coach
J.J. Wozniak enters his second season as an assistant coach for UNLV after joining the program in August of 2015. Wozniak has been involved in coaching soccer on either the collegiate or club level since 2000, when he started out as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the Fresno State men’s squad. He was also the top assistant for the men’s team at Belmont University from 2011 to February of 2014, and handled numerous duties including: organizing and conducting practices, game day preparations, film analysis, travel, recruiting and he was also in charge of all summer and winter camps.
Most recently, Wozniak held the title of director of coaching for California Odyssey Soccer Club in Clovis since March of 2014, while also serving as head coach of the U-12 GIrls and U-17 Girls in 2014-15 and the same teams again in 2015-16. He came back to the club after first leaving California in 2011 for the position at Belmont. Before leaving for the Nashville university, Wozniak had already spent nine years of coaching with the California Odyssey. He first started with the program as an assistant director of coaching and director of soccer operations in March of 2002, before his promotion to his first time as the director of coaching in April of 2007. Wozniak’s teams saw much success, as California Odyssey was one of the original 63 clubs invited into the US Soccer National Development Academy. The program won five National Championships and had back to back Development Academy National Finalists in 2009 and 2010 under Wozniak’s guidance.
Other positions held by Wozniak have included head coach for the 1990 Boys Pacific Select Team in 2005 and the U-15 Boys Pacific squad in 2006 in the Super Y-League in Tampa of January 2005 and 2006. Wozniak was a Region IV staff coach in 2006 and 2007, while he also served as an assistant coach for the Fresno Fuego FC in the United Soccer League from 2007-09.
Wozniak was an accomplished player as well, beginning his career first at Saint Louis in 1992-95 before playing two more seasons at Fresno State in 1995 and 1996. He was a two-time all-region selection and earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year honors in 1995. A professional career would follow, beginning with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS in the fall of 1997, while he also spent time with the San Jose Clash in 1999. He spent time in the USL and USISL leagues as well, earning USISL Division 3 Goalkeeper of the Year in 1997, while picking up the USL Divison 3 Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2001. Wozniak earned his degree from Fresno State in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.
J.J. and his wife Carrie have a six-year old son, Jacob.
Current UNLV Women's Soccer Players often work our camps.