Dwayne Shaffer begins his 17th year as head coach of the UC Davis men's soccer team. Shaffer has guided the program to consistent success and achievement both on and off the field. Under his leadership, UC Davis has experienced two trips to the NCAA tournament and routinely competed against the top collegiate programs in the country.
Shaffer's career has been highlighted by recruiting and developing top student-athletes, as the veteran coach has seen two of his charges play in Major League Soccer, three receive All-America recognition and eight earn Academic All-America or all-district honors. Additionally, he has produced 17 all-region choices and 12 first team all-conference selections.
Ryan Shaw, UC Davis' first Major League Soccer draft selection, was inducted into the 2012 Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame. Along with Matt DeJong in 2011, it marked the second straight year that a Shaffer product entered the CAAHOF.
In 2012, Shaffer and the Aggies went 3-0-1 against top-25 teams and won the Big West Conference North Division title. UC Davis advanced to the conference tournament, hosting both semifinal and championship matches. Goalkeeper Omar Zeenni posted the second-best goals against average in the conference at 0.91, defender Brian Ford earned third team all-West Region honors while Zeenni and forward Kevin Schulte were second team all-conference selections.
Since 2007, Shaffer's teams have combined for 54 wins while earning at-large bids to the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, UC Davis posted a 13-win season and advanced to the second round of the postseason.
Dylan Curtis was a 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First-Team Senior All-America selection while joining teammate Quincy Amarikwa as one of two NSCAA All-America honorees. As a result, UC Davis was one of just six schools in the nation to have multiple All-America selections. Additionally, Amarikwa became the first Aggie to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft when he was taken by the San Jose Earthquakes with the 32nd pick overall in 2009. A total of five Aggies from the 2008 squad were invited to MLS camps.
Shaffer's players have also enjoyed success off the field, with eight student-athletes earning CoSIDA Academic All-America or All-District honors. Most recently, Mustafa Chopan captured Academic All-America nods in 2011 and 2012, then won the school's W.P. Lindley Award as the top scholar-athlete in 2012-13. Previously, Matt DeJong earned three Academic All-District awards - culminating with Academic All-America honors as a senior - while adding a prestigioius NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
Aggie Soccer Field has become one of the toughest for opponents to play in, as shown by a nine game win-streak the Aggies posted from Oct. 27, 2007 until Sept. 13, 2009. Over the past six seasons, Shaffer's team has posted a 30-15-7 home mark and were unbeaten at home during the entire 2008 season.
In his career at UC Davis, Shaffer's teams have averaged double-digit wins and have compiled an overall record of 160-123-32.
In the Aggies' last six years in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Shaffer guided the team to two first-place and four second-place finishes. In 1999, he led the Aggies to a school-record 16 victories and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 23 years. That year, he was named CCAA Coach of the Year as well as the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year. The Aggies set a record in 1999 by going unbeaten in 13 consecutive games. In 2006, the university's final year of the Div. I transition, Shaffer's program proved itself worthy of collegiate soccer's highest level. The Aggies won nine games, including a 1-0 victory over the year's eventual NCAA champion, UC Santa Barbara. That win also served as a milestone for Shaffer -- it was his 100th at UC Davis.
Prior to coming to UC Davis, Shaffer spent one season as the head coach at Dayton, where he recruited future MLS player Mark Schulte. Four more of his players were drafted by the A-League. Shaffer's season at Dayton followed a three-year stint as assistant head coach at Clemson, where he helped guide the Tigers to a 47-18-3 record and second-round appearances in the NCAA Div. I tournament. On two occasions, Clemson was ranked the No. 1 team in the nation. At Clemson, Shaffer helped recruit and coach a total of nine players who would go on to play in the MLS. He also helped mentor the nation's leading scorer in 1993 and 1994.
Prior to Clemson, he served four years as head coach at Santa Rosa Junior College where his teams won 52 games. Shaffer coached two All-Americans in his four-year stint at Santa Rosa JC. He also coached the leading scorer in the state as well as the most valuable player of the Northern California region.
Shaffer's standout collegiate playing career, which featured a .795 winning percentage, began at Santa Rosa JC where he was named all-conference and led the team to a two-year record of 39-7-2 and a pair of conference championships. As a sophomore, Shaffer played central defender on a unit that allowed just seven goals in 24 games, including 13 consecutive shutouts. Following Santa Rosa, he went on to play two seasons at Chico State and helped lead the Wildcats to a 29-9-2 record and an NCAA Div. II Tournament appearance as a junior. He has also served as a Region IV Olympic Development Program staff member.
Shaffer earned his bachelor's degree and his master's in physical education with a teaching/coaching emphasis from Chico State in 1988. He enjoys fishing and watching and supporting Major League Soccer. Shaffer and his wife, Lara, have two daughters; Shay and Skye.