Education: Shayla received her M.S. in applied psychology from Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX) in 2015 after completing her B.S. in kinesiology from Cal State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA) in 2008 where she also received her teaching certification in physical education in 2009.
Coaching Experience: Shayla spent 4 years as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach and worked specifically with the goalkeepers at Angelo State University where she led the team through three record-breaking seasons, creating every program’s “first” in school history. Each goalkeeper under Coach Sabin’s direction earned honors such as Goalkeeper of the Year as well as other national awards and rankings. From 2012-2013, Shayla served as the Director of Operations for the women’s soccer program at the University of Southern California. While at USC she coordinated practice and game times, camp dates, recruit visits, travel arrangements, as well as managed the program’s finances. Prior to her collegiate professional experience, Shayla was the Co-head Coach for five years at San Clemente High School for the girls’ Varsity Soccer team who earned two DI State titles and was ranked first in the Nation during the 2009 season. Shayla also has 13 years of experience working with students and athletes of all levels in a private training setting.
Playing Experience: Shayla competed as a DI goalkeeper at Cal State University, Fullerton where she received several accolades between 2004-2007, including, Goalkeeper of the Year for the Big West Conference, first team all-conference, as well as Big West Tournament MVP. Shayla played with the U-23 State Team representing California during her collegiate career at CSUF and traveled to Germany to compete internationally with her college teammates in the summer of 2005.
Philosophy: Shayla’s coaching philosophy encompasses a comprehensive approach to addressing her players as individuals, not just as athletes. As a result, she equips her players with transferrable skills and tools that can be applied to life post athletic career. Developing character and mental toughness is a main component in driving athletic success. “It is the biggest disservice to go your whole life and never be pushed to reach your full potential in order to understand and recognize everything you are capable of.” – Shayla Sabin