UC Davis outshoots Cal State Northridge 14-8 and won five corner kicks
Dwayne Shaffer is in his 16th year with a men's soccer program that has had consistent success and achievement both on and off the field. Under his guidance, UC Davis has experienced back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament and consistently competes against some of the top collegiate programs in the country.
Shaffer's career has been highlighted by recruiting and coaching top student-athletes, both on and off the field. In his 16 years at UC Davis, Shaffer has coached two players into the ranks of Major League Soccer and seen three of his student-athletes earn All-America status. Additionally, he has produced 16 All-Region and 12 All-Conference first team selections.
Most recently, Ryan Shaw, UC Davis' first Major League Soccer draft selection, was inducted into the 2012 Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, marking the second straight year that a Shaffer product was part of the induction class after Matt DeJong was a member of the 2011 class.
The 2011 season saw Matt Wiesenfarth pick up UC Davis' first-ever Big West Conference Freshman of the Year award while Lance Patterson became just the third first team all-conference selection for the Aggies.
Since 2007, Shaffer's teams have won a combined 44 games while earning at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008. UC Davis posted a 13-win campaign while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and the success resulted in the Aggies hosting and winning their first Division I NCAA Tournament game at Aggie Stadium.
Dylan Curtis was a 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Senior All-America selection while joining teammate Quincy Amarikwa as 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 the 32nd pick, overall, in January 2009 by the San Jose Earthquakes. A total of five Aggies from the 2008 squad were invited to MLS camps.
Shaffer's success has translated off the field as well as eight student-athletes during his tenure have received
CoSIDA All-America or All-District academic honors, including 2011 honoree Mustafa Chopan.
Over two dozen of Shaffer's student-athletes have gone on to either attend graduate school or medical school. That number includes DeJong, who received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award. DeJong also set the UC Davis career scoring record and was drafted by the Sacramento Knights of the Major Indoor Soccer League, becoming the only rookie to make the team that year. Four years later, Ryan Shaw eclipsed DeJong's mark and was subsequentially drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He also played in several MLS development games in 2005. Shaw was named UC Davis' 2004-05 Male Athlete of the Year.
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 five seasons, Shaffer's team has posted a a 24-11-7 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 nearly every season and have compiled an overall record of 150-116-28.
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 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (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 Mark Schulte who went on to play in the MLS. In addition, four others were drafted by the A-League.
His 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 two trips to the second round of the NCAA Division 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 coach 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 Tournament appearance during his junior season.
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. He enjoys fishing and watching and supporting Major League Soccer. Shaffer and his wife, Lara, have two daughters; Shay and Skye.