Northern State University head soccer coach Bob Casper announced the hiring of Courteney Shovlin today as the team’s assistant coach. She joins the Wolves after serving as an assistant coach at both Laramie County Community College and Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“I’m excited to add Courteney to our coaching staff beginning this fall,” noted Casper. “She brings a unique set of experiences both as a player and coach that will be valuable to our program. Her familiarity with Division II soccer from her time as a player will allow her to seamlessly assist in navigating a full season as we look to build up from our previous few years.”
“I am very excited to be joining the Northern State staff,” explained Shovlin. “Coach Casper has had a very positive impact on the program since taking over and I am looking forward to working alongside him and having him as a mentor. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at the Division II level again and mentor the next generation of female student-athletes.”
Shovlin spent the last year of her career in Wyoming working with the Laramie County CC men’s soccer program and Central High School boys’ program. She opened her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Bluefield State College. The Big Blue reached the Small College National Championship in their inaugural season.
Casper added, “She has seen the game as a coach from both the women’s and men’s side and this can be an asset; she has worked with her teams to win games in a wide variety of ways. Lastly, Courteney showed a good desire to integrate into the Northern State community. Given our community feel and support, this characteristic will allow her to connect our program and the people surrounding it.”
From October 2020 to June 2021, Shovlin played professionally in Italy with the Formello Calcio Cross Roads and coaches youth soccer for the U.S. Ladispoli Academy. She played collegiately at Montana State University Billings, earned GNAC All-Conference honorable mention accolades in 2019. Shovlin was a 4-year starter for the Yellowjackets, accumulating 5,214 career minutes as a defender.
Shovlin earned her Bachelor of Arts in history from MSU Billings in 2020 and Master of Science in Sports Management and Coaching from the Soccer Management Institute in 2021. In addition, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.
Shovlin holds several certifications and is in the process of securing her D License from the United States Soccer Federation. In addition, she was awarded special diplomas by the United Soccer Coaches in Level 1 Performance Analysis and Goalkeeper Performance Analysis.
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