2016 Men's Soccer Coaching Staff

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Richard Shaw

Position: Head Coach

Phone: (315) 491-4876

Email: coachshaw@nysoccercentral.com


Richard Shaw was named Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at SUNY Adirondack in December 2014. In 2015, he guided the Timberwolves to a very successful first season in charge, which included the first NJCAA Mountain Valley Conference Championship in program history. The season also saw a program record of 11 wins and Timberwolves' team captain Sean Maruscsak named Conference Player of the Year. 

Prior to taking on this role, Shaw has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the game at the College and Professional levels. As a coach, Shaw served as the interim Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Cazenovia College after 3 years of being the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Le Moyne College, where he helped guide the Dolphins to their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Championship and its first NCAA tournament trip since 1977. During his tenure at Le Moyne, Shaw recruited a number of pivotal players from overseas and was responsible for tactical preparation, nutrition, conditioning and player analysis strategies.

Shaw has also worked extensively in youth soccer for over 20 years helping many young players develop a passion for the game and go on to have success at the college and professional level. While in New York he has coached numerous state championship winning teams and he recently co-wrote the bestselling book: ‘Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer’, which has been endorsed by organizations and national governing bodies throughout the world.

As a player, Shaw came through the youth system at Blackpool Football Club in England before coming to the U.S. to play college soccer at Bryant and Stratton and Le Moyne College. During his collegiate career, Shaw was a standout player. He captained his side to a National Championship, won All-American honors, and was named Most Valuable Player for 3 consecutive seasons. Shaw also had spells playing in England with Fleetwood Town FC before finally retiring from professional soccer in 2012 after playing for the Syracuse Silver Knights in the MISL.

Shaw received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Le Moyne College and holds his UEFA coaching license.

AJ Ramirez

Position: Assistant Head Coach

Phone: 518-791-5283

Email: ramireaj194@gmail.com


Growing up in Glens Falls, NY, Ramirez began playing soccer at a young age. From that moment, the sport has played an influential role in his life. A graduate of Glens Falls High School, Ramirez was named first team by the Post Star and Times Union playing varsity soccer. His soccer career then continued at Adirondack Community College where he was the offensive player of the year in 2007 and MVP in 2008. During the 2007-2008 academic school year he was presented with the ACC Athlete of the Year Award. 

Earning his associates degree from Adirondack, Ramirez transferred to SUNY Potsdam where he played two additional seasons. Again, Ramirez would collect another MVP award and was a member of the All-Academic Team for his achievements in the classroom. 

Following his success at the college level, Ramirez continues to play competitive soccer and demonstrates a strong passion to share his knowledge and experience with current and future players at Adirondack. 




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