BALTIMORE - Former Saint Joseph’s University standout Erin Shields has been named the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball Director of Basketball Operations, Head Coach Joe Logan announced.
“We are excited to welcome Erin to the Loyola family,” Logan said. “I have known Erin and her family for a long time and have watched her grow up in the game of basketball. Erin played an integral part in Saint Joseph’s back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, and our players will be able to draw on her experiences and success to help us achieve our goals this upcoming season.”
Shields, a two-year team captain at Saint Joseph’s, appeared in 130 games, holding the record for the most career games in the crimson and gray uniform. Her .905 career free throw percentage ranks first at SJU, while her 256 three-point field goals is tied for first overall in program history. As a senior, Shields set the single season record for three-pointers (96) and free throw percentage (.949).
"It’s an honor to be part of the Loyola women’s basketball staff under a great leader in Coach Logan,” Shields said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to join another Jesuit institution, and I look forward to working with the staff as we help our players grow both on and off the court."
Shields helped the Hawks to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons and two-straight NCAA tournament appearances, dropping the 2013-14 second-round contest to eventual NCAA Champion University of Connecticut. She was a two-time A-10 All-Academic Team selection, while she was also named to the 2014 All-Atlantic 10 Second Team, 2013 third team, and 2011 all-rookie team.
In her final season, Shields was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second Team and the All-Big 5 First Team where she won the ultimate honor of Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Off the court, Shields was a member of Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Academic Honesty Board at Saint Joseph’s. The Drexel Hill, Pa., native also volunteered her time at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, preparing activities and working over 10 events hosted by the hospital.
Basketball runs in the Shields family, as her mother, Renie, is Saint Joseph’s associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator. The elder Shields was a women’s basketball player for Saint Joseph’s from 1978-82 and sits among the elite in the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Erin’s sister, Kerri, played basketball at Boston College from 2009-13 and left the Eagles as the 22nd player in program history to reach 1,000-plus points.