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Men's soccer assistant coaches

Chris Shumate

Chris Shumate will serve as an assistant coach for the Augustana men’s soccer team in 2012 while serving an internship through Auburn University. Shumate was a standout player at Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Alabama. He was named the team’s offensive MVP during his senior season. He went on to receive his associate’s degree from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama before moving on to Auburn.

Shumate also has experience with the United States Soccer Federation. He has an USSF National D License in coaching. The D License is for experienced coaches who has several years of coaching or playing experience and is focused on improvement in an individual’s and team’s ability.

Eric Stewart

Dr. Eric Stewart has served as an assistant coach in men’s soccer since 2010 and is entering his third season in that capacity. He previously worked one season (2009) as the assistant coach for the Augustana women’s soccer program.

He currently is a professor in the Augustana religion department where he teaches classes on the New Testament and Christian origins. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in religion and has a master’s in theological studies from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. He earned his Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in antiquity from the University of Notre Dame.

He has an extensive background in coaching soccer, including a five-year stint as the boys varsity coach at Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend, Indiana from 2001-06. During that time he compiled a record of 76-32-7 and was named the Coach of the Year in Northern Indiana in 2003. Twice (2003 & 2006) he coached his team to league titles in the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference.

Stewart has been active in coaching at various stages of the club level and serves as the lead trainer for the Quad Cities United winter academy program, a position he has held since 2009. He has worked summer camps at Notre Dame and Augustana and currently holds both Class C and National Youth (Y) coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation.