Aug. 6, 2013
NC State head coach Kelly Findley announced changes to his staff entering the 2013 season on Tuesday.
"We've made several changes to our staff structure," said Findley. "Those will help us maximize each member's unique skill set as we continue to make strides for NC State soccer."
Steve Shak joins the Wolfpack as a volunteer assistant, Conner Burt takes over as the Director of Technology/Social Media and Soccer Operations, and Andrew Scheck transitions from volunteer assistant to Director of Sports Science for Men's Soccer and intern for strength and conditioning.
In his first year as a volunteer assistant with the Wolfpack, Shak brings a wealth of experience to the program. He was the number one overall pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, selected by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars out of UCLA, where he won a national championship in 1997. Shak has nine years of playing experience at various levels and spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Eagles.
"We want the people on our staff to bring a similar world view with different backgrounds and skill sets," said Findley. "Steve fits that mold very well. He has great character and work ethic, a commitment to excellence, and his experiences as a player will add to the depth of our staff."
In his first year as Director of Technology/Social Media and Soccer Operations, Conner Burt will assist in the day-to-day operations of Wolfpack soccer, while also helping to expand NC State soccer's branding image across new media platforms.
Burt was a four-year starter at Butler University from 2007-10, playing in every minute of every game during his career. A three-year captain, Burt earned multiple all-conference and NSCAA All-Region selections. Following his playing career, he spent two years in the business field while coaching in the greater Indianapolis area.
"We are very pleased to bring Conner onto our staff," said Findley. "He brings outstanding drive, determination, and experience in the business world to us. His assets help round out our staff and make our leadership group stronger."
Beginning his second year with the Wolfpack coaching staff, Scheck joined the program as a volunteer assistant for the 2012 season, with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. In 2013, he transitions to the NC State strength and conditioning staff as an intern with department-wide responsibilities.
His role as Director of Sports Science for Men's Soccer will feature the use of heart rate monitors to manage players' fitness, implementation of season-long fitness plans, management of soccer-oriented fitness throughout the year, and collaboration with sports medicine to help with injury rehab and with nutrition to plan team meals.
"Andrew has been a great addition to our staff over the past year," said Findley, "but his new role will help our players be fitter, fresher, and faster as we pursue our goals."
David Costa and Steven Cox will remain on staff in their current roles. Costa serves as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Cox is an assistant coach and handles goalkeepers.
"[Costa and Cox] are vital components to our staff and will help us continue to grow as a program and reach our goals. Both of them have great character, work ethic, knowledge of the game, and have the experience of winning championships."