Shaffer Signs Four-Year Deal to Stay With Aggies

Dec. 15, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. -- After leading the UC Davis men's soccer team to a Big West Conference North Division title and a berth in the league tournament championship match for the second time in the program's history, Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer was signed to a four-year deal that will keep him on the sidelines until 2022 it was announced Friday.

“Dwayne has been an important part of our community and our athletics program for many years," Athletics Director Kevin Blue said. "As a result of his leadership, our men’s soccer team has achieved successfully in competition, academically, and in developing graduates of character who make positive contributions to society after their careers at UC Davis. We are pleased that Dwayne will be our head coach for years to come.”

The 2017 Big West Coach of the Year and a member of the United Soccer Coaches Far West Region Coaching Staff of the Year, Shaffer led the Aggies to an 11-7-3 overall record and a 7-2-1 mark in conference play. He claimed his 200th career Division I coaching win in a, 3-2, win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 8, and added his 200th victory at UC Davis in a "senior day" win over Causeway rival Sacramento State on Oct. 29.

The Aggies have advanced to the Big West Tournament in each of the last seven seasons -- the only league member to accomplish the feat in that span.

"I am very excited to sign an extension and continue to be a part of UC Davis," Shaffer said. "I want to thank Athletic Director Kevin Blue and Associate Athletic Director Josh Flushman for their support of myself and the men's soccer program. I have enjoyed my tenure here and it has been a great pleasure to teach and coach an outstanding group of student-athletes."

A successful season was capped with a total of eight student-athletes named to the All-Big West teams, including Big West Defender of the Year Roy Boateng, and first-team honors for Boateng, Onah Power, and Nabi Kibunguchy. The three first-team honorees and eight total award winners are the most since UC Davis joined the Big West in 2007.

Boateng and Kibunguchy were also selected to the United Soccer Coaches all-region squad, earning second- and third-team honors, respectively.

Off the field, senior defender Chase Rhode and junior forward Matt Baringer were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First Team -- the 10th and 11th Aggies to earn the honor since 1988.

In more than two decades on the sidelines with UC Davis, he has led the Aggies to three NCAA Tournament appearances -- including back-to-back berths in the program's first two seasons at the Division I level -- has seen numerous student-athletes go on to professional careers at all levels around the world, coached 21 all-region selections, and has had a total of 51 players earn All-Big West honors.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.