GLASSBORO – Former Rowan University men’s soccer player Shane Doherty has signed a professional contract to play for the Galway United Football Club in Galway, Ireland.
Doherty is the fifth player under head coach Scott Baker’s tutelage to play professionally, but the first to go overseas.
“I couldn’t be more excited for Shane,” Baker stated. “He defines our program of discipline, hard work and dedication.”
From day one, Doherty had one goal in mind and that was to graduate early and to play professional soccer. This past December, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics. After graduation, he went overseas to Ireland to showcase his talents and landed a spot with Galway United.
“After high school, Shane wasn’t one of the best players in New Jersey,” Baker explained. “He took it upon himself to work hard and take the correct steps to become one of the top players in the country.”
Doherty was a four-year member for the Rowan men’s soccer team and served as team captain for two seasons. He recorded 44 goals and 22 assists for a total of 110 points, which is fifth all-time. Doherty received All-Conference honors all four seasons, earning first team in 2016 and 2017 and second team in 2015 and 2018.
He was selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-America second team and South Atlantic All-Region first team. In 2016, Doherty was named All-American first team and South Atlantic All-Region first team.
“I would like to say that the Rowan men’s soccer program was a reason for his success,” Baker said. “In all honesty, he has helped our team more than we helped him and we are truly grateful.”