Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan College Athletics
1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, VA 23451
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Chris Mills

The 2017 season will be Mills’ fifth at the helm of the men’s soccer program and he has already seen impressive success in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in that time.

He guided the Marlins to the 2013 ODAC Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. The team’s 16 wins was the most by the men’s soccer program since the 2007 season, earning Mills ODAC Coach of the Year honors.

In his first three years as the mentor of the Marlins, Mills has developed two ODAC Rookie of the Year winners.

Prior to his time as head coach of the Marlins, Mills served as an assistant for the men’s soccer program for five years and as associate head coach for an additional season. He instrumental on the coaching staff of the 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 team and 2008 ODAC Championship squad.

A staple on campus, Mills graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 2006 with a degree in recreation and leisure studies, with an emphasis in sport, tourism, and recreation management. He was a three-year starter for the men’s soccer team, earned All-ODAC honors three times and all-state accolades twice. The squad went 57-17-5 and 27-7-2 in league play during his time as an athlete.

He was an ODP District Staff member in 2010 and has served on the staff at camps at Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and the U.S. Naval Academy. He owns a USSF National “D” Coaching License and an Advanced Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Career Highlights

ODAC Champions - 2013

ODAC Coach of the Year - 2013

NCAA Appearance - 2013

All-ODAC Honorees - 16

All-State Honorees - 5

All-Region Honorees - 2

CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections - 1

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Dustin Shambach

Shambach joined the staff in spring 2016 after a successful coaching career at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the assistant coach for the women's program from 2010 up until his arrival at Virginia Wesleyan. He also held the position of men's soccer assistant coach from 2010 to 2014.

He helped the women's soccer program to an 80-32-16 record in six years, including a 29-9-10 mark in Patriot League play. He helped Navy to two regular season championships, three Patriot League finals appearances, and two more semifinal games.

Shambach coached two All-Americans, nine All-Region selections, and 30 All-Conference players.

He was just as impressive on the men's side, helping the Midshipmen to a 51-27-19 record in his five years, including a 21-9-9 mark in league play. The men's soccer program won the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles in 2013, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Navy's 16 wins in 2013 set a school record and its 15-match winning streak was the longest in the country.

Two Navy men's soccer players earned All-American accolades under Shambach, with 11 earning All-Region nods, and 19 placing on the All-Conference squad.

Prior to his time at Navy, Shambach was an assistant coach from 2007-09 at Messiah College where he helped the Falcons to national championships in 2008 and 2009, making it to the national semifinals in 2007.

Coaching the goalkeepers, he mentored two goalies to NCAA Final Four MVP honors.

He also serves currently as a staff coach for the United States National Team Training Centers where he works with administrators to select and train the U12-U16 girls from the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Dustin graduated from Messiah College in 2006 where he played soccer for the Falcons. He was a two-year captain, three-time national champion, two-time All-American, and two-time first team all-conference.

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