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Katie Shields enters her second season with Northwestern women's soccer program in 2011. A former standout goalkeeper at Harvard University, Shields helped coach the Wildcat keepers to a highly successful season in 2010.
Under the tutelage of Shields, former Northwestern goalkeeper Carolyn Edwards posted a 1.15 goals-against average in 2010, the fifth-best season mark in school history. Edwards and the NU defense posted four shutouts in 2010, including blanking the explosive offense of #3 UCLA in a 1-0 win.
"Katie is one of the top up and coming young coaches in women's Division I soccer," Foster said. "She is consistently sought after for any open coaching position and brings an impressive amount of experience and potential to our program."
Shields arrived at Northwestern after spending three years as an assistant coach at Harvard. She helped her alma mater to Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2009 and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. With the Crimson, Shields was responsible for coaching goalkeepers and in charge of recruiting responsibilities.
In 2009, Shields also served as assistant coach for the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer, working alongside legendary former U.S. Women's National Team coach Tony DiCicco.
Before returning to Harvard in 2007, Shields worked as an assistant coach at both Arizona State and UC Irvine.
"Playing under Stephanie Foster at Harvard was a great experience for me," Shields said. "Now having the chance to work with her in the Big Ten, one of the top conferences in the country, is a tremendous opportunity."
A four-time All-Ivy selection as a goalkeeper, Shields ranks among the greatest players in Harvard history. She posted 11 shutouts and allowed just eight goals during her senior campaign. Shields also helped Harvard to an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Championships, and her .909 career save percentage ranks third all-time in Division I women's soccer.
"Having coached Katie at Harvard, I know first hand what a quality person and role model she is for student-athletes," Foster said. "She is extremely competitive and adds a huge punch with recruiting. Katie's academic pedigree is an awesome match for Northwestern University and our student-athletes. She will have her hand in all facets of running a Division I soccer program in a major conference."
A native of Dana Point, Calif., Shields graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in government.