Krystin Shapka named interim head coach of Pandas Soccer

    By Connor Hood on November 29, 2019

    Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics are pleased to welcome Kristyn Shapka as the interim head coach of Pandas Soccer.

    Kristyn is entering her third year on staff with the Canada Soccer Regional Excel Program (REX), and recently represented Alberta as an Assistant Coach at the 2019 Western Canada Games, earning a gold medal.

    Shapka takes over for Liz Jepsen, who spent 15 seasons coaching the Pandas, winning the 2013 Canada West Championship. 

    For personal and professional reasons, Jepsen stepped aside as the Head Coach of the Pandas, and will take on extra teaching and administrative duties within the Faculty.

    She has spent the last six years coaching the Alberta Provincial team, including the last three years as their head coach. 

    Kristyn has also been an assistant coach with the Pandas Soccer program since 2017, and has been the head coach of the junior program for the last two seasons. 

    Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Concordia University of Edmonton from 2013-2017. 

    Kristyn grew up playing soccer in the Edmonton area, participating in the 2000 and 2002 Alberta Summer Games. She also represented Alberta as a member of the Provincial Team, and earned silver at the 2005 Canada Summer Games. 

    She played NCAA Division I for the University of Montana and University of Hawaii-Manoa, while pursuing her degree in Business Management and Marketing. 

    Kristyn holds a National B License, is an Alberta Learning Facilitator, and a member of the Alberta Soccer Women in Sports Leadership Group.