Shanna Caldwell was named the first head coach in Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's soccer history on Jan. 2, 2012, and headed the first squad in Islanders lore in 2013.
Caldwell's first Islanders squad was a fan-favorite from the get-go, with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi averaging a Southland-best 570 fans per game in its debut season. Included in that was a crowd of 1,187 for the first match in school history, a hard-fought 2-1 loss at the hands of the University of Houston.
The Islanders carded a pair of victories in their debut season, a solid performance from a squad that included 17 freshmen and a group that did not have the opportunity to play together until just over two weeks before the start of the 2013 campaign. Still, A&M-Corpus Christi logged dramatic victories over UTSA (a 2-1 road win) and McNeese State (a 1-0 overtime thriller) in its first season, and took most teams to the brink, falling in eight one-goal games throughout the year.
Before joining the Islanders, Caldwell previously spent four years as the recruiting coordinator and first assistant coach at the University of Akron under Chris Pfau. In her time there, the Zips went from a lower-tier team in the Mid-American Conference to three straight conference tournaments – a first in program history. Akron was in the top three of the league or division in each of her final three years.
Perhaps more impressive was the performance of the keepers under Caldwell's tutelage. She mentored all-time wins, saves and shutouts leader Jeny Wolbert and single-season goals against average record holder Michelle Smith over her final two seasons at Akron.
Prior to heading to the Buckeye State, Caldwell spent two years working with the goalkeepers at Baylor under George Van Linder. Caldwell played a large role in the performance of First Team All-Big 12 selection Ashley Noah. Her two-season stint with the Bears followed a strong year working with the keepers at Alabama.
The Williamsburg, Va., native spent three seasons at Oklahoma before heading to Alabama. During her time in Norman, Caldwell helped the Sooners advance to the 2003 NCAA Tournament and register four shutouts on the season.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Caldwell proved herself to be one of the nation's top goalkeepers while playing three years for the University of Connecticut. As a senior, she led the NCAA in goals-against average, helping to lead the Huskies to their third straight Big East Northeast Division title and 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Caldwell, who holds a NSCAA Goalkeeper I diploma and a USSF D License, earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Connecticut in 2002.