Falcons name new women’s soccer assistant coach

FROM STAFF REPORTS

University of Montevallo women’s soccer head coach Patricia Hughes announced the hiring of Shannon Agnew as an assistant coach July 19.

Agnew comes to Montevallo after spending last season as the women’s soccer assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.

“I am excited about the addition of Shannon to our program and staff,” Hughes said. “She brings a wealth of experience both as a player and coach and has experienced tremendous success throughout her career and is a proven competitor. She will bring valuable experience and energy into our program and will hit the ground running. We look forward to having her on board for the upcoming season.”

Agnew helped guide Lenoir-Rhyne to a No. 8 national ranking and a 19-2-2 overall record in 2010. The team won both the South Atlantic Conference regular season championship and tournament championship. She helped coach players who were named first and second team All-Americans as well as the SAC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

“I’d first like to thank Jim Herlihy and Patricia Hughes for this wonderful opportunity to join the Montevallo family,” Agnew said. “I am very excited to learn from coach Hughes and to work with the talented Falcons. The University of Montevallo is a very impressive institution and I look forward to contributing to its future successes.”

Agnew has also served as the Olympic Development Program Girls ’95 assistant coach in North Carolina. Her team went as far as the Final Four in 2011 in Arizona.

As a player, Agnew spent three seasons at the University of Tampa, where she won a National Championship in 2007. She played her final season at Lenoir-Rhyne. She was a four-year member of the IMG W-League semi-pro team and spent one season with the Women’s Professional Soccer League’s Clearwater Galactics semi-pro team, where she served as team captain.

Agnew was a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the SAAC President in her final year at Tampa. She was a three-time Dean’s List honoree at Tampa, holding a grade point average above 3.5. She was also twice named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s List.

Agnew is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in graphic design. She earned her Master’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in May of this year in business administration.