Richard Shaw, a native of Blackpool in Northwestern England, is a former Professional and All-American soccer player.
Shaw, who graduated with academic honors from Le Moyne College, also had huge success on the soccer field during his collegiate years; winning a National Championship, becoming a three-time MVP, and being named the first All-American since 1977 on the Le Moyne’s Men’s Soccer team.
In addition to college soccer, Shaw played in the UK with Blackpool FC, Fleetwood Town, and Kendal Town, and had trial spell at Burnley FC, before moving full time to the U.S. In 2012, Shaw finished his professional playing career with the Syracuse Silver Knights in the MASL.
While coaching college soccer at Le Moyne, Cazenovia College, and SUNY Adirondack, Richard continued working in youth soccer. In addition to developing Invictus FC with his good friend and colleague, U.K. sport scientist Paul Mairs, they also co-wrote the bestselling book ‘Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer’; and this material has been endorsed throughout the world, including recognition in various national coaching curriculums. Shaw also works as a soccer commentator and analyst for Division I college soccer on ESPN, and has developed several initiatives and programs to help develop youth soccer throughout the U.S.