|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics
Chair of the Physical Education Department
Joined Connecticut College: 1980
B.S., St. Lawrence University; M.S., Ithaca College
Fran Shields, a 23-year member of the Camel athletics program, was appointed Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and Chair of the Physical Education Department on March 28, 2003.
Shields has been men’s lacrosse coach for 23 years. His program has been mentioned among the top 25 each year since 1993, the year he was named Division III Coach of the Year. He has also made significant contributions to a variety of programs offered by the physical education and athletics program. These include expansion of the intramural program, increased women’s participation in intramurals, scheduling of all intercollegiate sports and teaching a highly popular course “Contemporary Issues in Sports.”
Shields, who had been assistant athletics director since 1994, has been very active in campus committees, including the Presidential Task Force on Athletics and the Presidential Commission on a Pluralistic Community. He is also a member of the Athletics Department Advisory Committee and serves on the Hall of Fame Committee.
In 2001, the men's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC semifinals in the first-ever league tournament and it was the tenth post-season appearance for the Camels in the last 12 years, including 9 consecutive ECAC berths. In 1996 and 1998, the Camels advanced to the ECAC Division III championship game, winning the title in 1996.
Shields coached 12 USILA Division III All-Americans in the past 12 years and served as the head coach for the USILA Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game on two occasions.
In 1993 Shields was honored as the Division III Coach of the Year after directing the Camels to a 10-3 record.
Formerly an adjunct professor of physical education, Shields is a 1979 graduate of St. Lawrence University College in Canton, New York. He earned All-American honors as an attack man during his senior year while leading the Saints at a semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Shields was inducted into the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Geneva, New York Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.