ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head women’s soccer coach Katie Shields is the 2018 recipient of the Carl O. Bauer Award, presented by the Missouri Athletic Club. Shields received the honor Monday, Dec. 4, at the Jack Buck Awards at the MAC.
Established in 1978, the Bauer Award is presented annually to the top amateur sports figure in the St. Louis area. Shields was introduced by SLU Director of Athletics Chris May.
Shields recently completed her sixth season as Saint Louis’ head coach. She led the 2018 Billikens to Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and a school-record 18 victories that included an undefeated, untied ledger against A-10 opponents and a school-record 14-game winning streak. Those accomplishments led to her selection as A-10 Coach of the Year.
Shields’ 69-40-10 Saint Louis record includes a 47-11-5 mark over the past three seasons. The 47 wins are the most of any three-year period in SLU women’s soccer history, as well as the most in the A-10 from 2016 to 2018. Her Billikens have made SLU’s Robert R. Hermann Stadium one of the nation’s most difficult venues for visiting teams, going 26-1-4 on their home pitch dating to the final home game of the 2015 season.
Following a dominant performance in the 2018 A-10 Championship that saw them outscore their three opponents 11-2, the Billikens owned the longest active winning streak (14) in NCAA Division I women’s soccer, and their 18 victories led the nation. In addition to setting school marks for wins and longest winning streak, the Billikens established SLU records for conference victories (10), goals (52), shots (444), fewest shots allowed (123), consecutive shutouts (six) and games (23). They tied program standards for shutouts (13) and points (144).
Saint Louis student-athletes have earned numerous accolades during Shields’ tenure. The Billikens have produced the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past three campaigns, with Alli Klug claiming the award for a second consecutive year in 2018. Klug garnered United Soccer Coaches All-America plaudits for a second consecutive season, landing on the second team after making the third team a year ago. SLU also has featured the league’s first-team All-Conference goalkeeper the past three seasons.
Shields spent one season as a SLU assistant before becoming head coach. Her collegiate coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant at Northwestern, Harvard and UC Irvine. In addition, Shields is an assistant with the U.S. Youth National Teams staff at various training camps and international competitions, and she serves as the liaison for the state of Missouri’s U.S. Soccer Training Center.
A 2006 Harvard graduate, Shields garnered All-Ivy plaudits all four seasons as a goalkeeper and was an All-Region honoree and team captain her senior year.
Shields is the 15th Saint Louis University representative to receive the Carl O. Bauer Award, which is named in honor of the MAC’s former athletic director who brought innovation and inspiration to the Club during his 45 years of service. Former SLU honorees are Saadiq Mohammed (2016), Jordair Jett (2014), Dwayne Evans and Jim Crews (2013), Mike McGinty (2012), Anne Kordes (2009), Cheryl Levick (2006), Marque Perry (2003), Doug Woolard (2002), Larry Hughes (1998), Erwin Claggett, Scott Highmark and H Waldman (1995), and Anthony Bonner (1990).
A one-hour show of the Jack Buck Awards will air on FOX Sports Midwest throughout December.