A coach and technical assistant at the international, professional and collegiate levels for two decades, Shaun Harris is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Cal Poly men's soccer program.
During his first season on the Mustang bench in 2015, Harris helped Cal Poly to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years while the squad matched a program record with 11 victories. The Cal Poly program has produced 14 All-Big West Conference selections with Harris on the touchline while seven Mustangs coached by Harris have signed professional contracts.
Harris arrived at Cal Poly in January 2015 after serving as a Performance and Technical Analyst with UEFA at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In that capacity, Harris also worked at the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the 2004 edition in Portugal, the 2013 U-21 UEFA Championships in Israel and the 2013 U-17 UEFA Championships in Slovakia.
Prior to his UEFA tenure, Harris was the head coach and technical director at Capital City FC (Ottawa, Ontario). As part of a seven-season tenure within the professional game, Harris was responsible for the club's day-to-day operations and helped Capital City FC to first-division promotion to the Canadian Soccer League and a runner-up finish in the 2011 Givova Cup.
As an IFD academy coach with Everton Football Club of the Barclays Premier League (2008-11), Harris served as head coach of the U-23 and U-20 squads that competed in the United Soccer Leagues. Also an academy coach with Everton, Harris helped identify and scout players for the club.
Harris first worked with Cal Poly head coach Steve Sampson at Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy. A member of Sampson's technical staff, Harris – who worked at the club from 2005-07 – helped the Galaxy capture the 2005 MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup.
Before his MLS tenure, Harris worked with the United States Soccer Federation's National Development Program (2003-04), where he was responsible for technical, training and pre-match management of U-14 and U-15 squads. With the USSF, Harris also worked on two of the three FIFA World Cups hosted in the United States.
At the collegiate level, Harris has served as the top assistant coach at Cal Baptist (2008-09), where he helped the Lancers to successive postseason appearances and an NAIA national ranking and as the associate head coach at Irvine Valley College (2007-08), where he assisted the Lasers to consecutive state tournament finalist appearances and a peak position of No. 8 in the NSCAA Junior College Poll.
Under Harris, 16 former players have reached Major League Soccer while a total of 58 players have earned professional contracts worldwide. Of the 58 players, 10 have earned caps for their respective national teams in eight different countries.
Additionally, Harris has coached more than 100 former academy players that have earned university scholarships.