Shanna Caldwell enters her second season at Baylor after serving for one season as an assistant coach at Alabama.
"To have someone with her playing experience on your coaching staff is a tremendous benefit. Her experience in the Big 12 is a tremendous asset for our program and we look forward to the impact that she will make at Baylor," Van Linder said. "Having Coach Caldwell here only reaffirms our commitment to having the best goalkeepers in the conference."
Van Linder's words rang true as Caldwell helped guide Ashley Noah to first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. With the selection, Noah became the first Baylor player since Dawn Greathouse in 2000 to earn first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors.
Under Caldwell's guidance, Noah finished the season third in the conference in saves and second in the league in saves per game. She picked up SoccerBuzz.com National Team of the Week honors as well as a Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for back-to-back shutouts of nationally-ranked Missouri and Iowa State.
In her stint at Alabama, Caldwell primarily served as the goalkeeper coach where the Crimson Tide net-minders posted an impressive .740 save percentage and a 1.40 goals against average on the season.
Prior to her arrival at Alabama, Caldwell served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. In her three seasons with the Sooners, Caldwell helped lead the team to the 2003 NCAA Soccer Championships as Oklahoma finished the season with an 8-7-5 record and four shutouts.
In college, Caldwell proved herself to be one of the nation's top goalkeepers. She spent three seasons as the goalkeeper for the Connecticut Huskies. During her senior season in 2001 she led the NCAA in goals-against average, reserving her spot among some of the legends of the game. Her efforts that season helped lead UConn to its third straight Big East Northeast Division Title and its 20th consecutive NCAA appearance.
Before her collegiate playing days she was a member of the Olympic Development Program's U20 National Pool and in 1996 she was featured by Sports Illustrated as the Old Spice Athlete of the Month. Caldwell also spent time in the W-League between 1999 and 2001, where she played for the Greensboro Sparks and the Virginia Beach Piranhas.
Caldwell, who holds a NSCAA Goalkeeper I diploma, earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Connecticut in 2002.