Coach’s Corner: Shilo Rayburn, Spalding U. Soccer

Coach’s Corner: Shilo Rayburn, Spalding U. Soccer

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This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Shilo Rayburn. He is the head coach of Spalding University’s women’s soccer. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, email suggestions to

Shilo_Rayburn1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?

It played a very great role in my upbringing, and I played multiple sports, including baseball and basketball. I started to focus in on soccer as my primary sport at 12 years old.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

I was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Spalding (2009-2011) before obtaining my current position as the women’s head coach.

3) Who do you look up to?

My father

4) What are two primary goals you have/had for your team this season?

  1. Win the SLIAC Conference and make the NCAA tournament.
  2. Have a successful, healthy season full of new pinnacles & memories.

5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you?

I’m quite competitive and do not enjoy losing, so I’d have to say the emotional roller coaster that a season brings.

6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society?  

Teamwork, (effective) communication, and appreciating the moments.

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?

I motivate our athletes with an environment that makes working for your goals obtainable and placing them within reach of achieving them. When you feel like you’re close to something, working harder for it becomes easier and more enjoyable.

coach1(2)8) What is one mistake you’ve made in your coaching career, and what did you learn from it?

When I was coaching at DeSales High, I was younger and thought that my coaching success was dependent on my wins and losses.  As I’ve grown more settled in my career, I’ve realized that it’s truly how you affect the young people you coach that matters most.

9) How do you handle criticism from parents, athletic director, the media, and others?

You have to let it roll off your shoulders, but also accept other points of view in certain cases. I’ve always felt that you’re only as good as the people around you and if you don’t accept feedback, how do you grow?

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

God doesn’t put me in situations that I can’t handle.

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