Shannon (Karl) Soares came to Georgetown in 2014 after spending the previous year as the Assistant Director of Sport Operations at the University of Washington.
Before Washington, Soares served as Virginia Commonwealth University's head coach from November 2011 to May 2013.
Soares, a Centreville, Va. native, led VCU to a 13-6 record in her first year as head coach during the 2012 season and earned the program's first berth to the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The team's 2012 finish ranked as the third-best turnaround in Division I field hockey that year after going 5-13 in the 2011 season.
Soares' team posted the highest GPA in VCU's athletic department for fall 2012 with a 3.43 semester GPA and a 3.47 cumulative GPA.
Of her 20 student-athletes on the VCU field hockey team, 17 were named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, 10 to the Dean's List and 14 to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Prior to becoming head coach at VCU, Soares served as the program's assistant coach for five seasons.
The 2006 graduate of William & Mary earned a bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology while being a leader and four-year letterwinner on the field hockey team. The former midfielder went 47-33 as a member of the team. She played in 80 games, starting in 78 of them. Soares served as a tri-captain of the squad her senior season and accumulated nine goals, 18 assists and 36 points in her four year collegiate career. Her 18 career assists still rank tied for fifth all-time at William & Mary.
Soares also earned a master of science degree from the University of Louisville in sport administration in 2007.
Soares and her husband, Sean, reside in Centreville, Va. with their son, Carrick.
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