Lipscomb University

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Division 1 Tennessee Southeast
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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O’Brien begins his seventh year as the head coach of the Lipscomb women’s soccer program after being named to the post in February 2012. O’Brien is the third women’s coach of the NCAA Division I era at Lipscomb.

Over the past four seasons, O’Brien has led Lipscomb to consecutive ASUN Championship game apperances. The Lady Bisons have notched a program-best nine or more wins in each of the past five seasons, bringing O’Brien’s current record at Lipscomb to 65-45-22.

Last season, ASUN Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors for Ellen Lundy and O’Brien.

In 2016, Lipscomb nearly swept the ASUN Conference awards as O’Brien won Coach of the Year, Anna Buhigas won Goalkeeper of the Year for the third consecutive season, Niamh Rawlins won Defensive Player of the Year, Olivia Doak won Freshman of the Year, and Natalie DuBoise won Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

During his tenure at Lipscomb, O’Brien has coached 27 All-Conference performers, 10 All-Freshmen performers, 22 All-Academic honorees, and 20 players of the week.

This is O’Brien’s first head coaching job. He had been the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator of the men’s soccer program at Davidson College since 2009 and has shown to be not only a strong coach, but savvy recruiter as well. He assembled a top-notch recruiting class in 2011, including three players ranked in the top 150 nationally by College Soccer News.

On the field, O’Brien was part of Davidson’s staff that led the Wildcats to upset three top-25 programs in the past three seasons, including a victory against the National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels last season. Both the 2009 and 2010 squads were ranked in the National Top 25 at one point in their respective seasons.

Prior to joining the staff at Davidson, O’Brien served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator with another NSCAA Top 25 program - the Charlotte 49ers. The 49ers were NCAA College Cup finalists in 2011, with seven of eleven starters being recruited by Coach O’Brien in his time with the program.

In his playing days, O’Brien led College of Charleston to two NCAA post season appearances, multiple top-20 rankings, the Elite 8 and was a two-time All-Conference selection and All-South Region player. Following his collegiate career, he played professionally (USL) for 8 years with the Charleston Battery and Charlotte Eagles.

As an assistant at the college level, O’Brien has also worked at Creighton, Oregon State and Presbyterian College.

O’Brien holds a USSF "A" License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He spent several years coaching in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program and won a national championship in 2006.

O'Brien led the Lady Bisons to a historic 2013 season. The team made it to the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the first time in program history. They finished the year with an overall record of 6-8-5 and a conference record of 3-3-3, a program best.

O'Brien also encouraged strong classroom participation, which ultimately earned the team the Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America. The squad posted a combined GPA of at least 3.0 to take home the honor.

He married his wife, Shannon, a former University of Arizona women's soccer player, in 2003. Shannon played professionally for the Charlotte Lady Eagles. They have daughter, Keely and a son Keegan.

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Leah Fortune

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Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O’Brien begins her sixth year with the Lady Bisons after joining her husband, Kevin, on staff in 2012. Shannon is primarily responsible for training the goal keepers on the team.

O’Brien, originally from Phoenix, Ariz., had a standout soccer career at the University of Arizona. O’Brien is in the U of A record books for the fewest goals allowed in a career, an All Pac-10 academic team selection, and was the Pac-10 Leader in Saves her senior year (109 saves for the season).

Following her collegiate career, O’Brien played for the USL W-League with the Charlotte Lady Eagles for five years, serving as team captain for two. Shannon helped lead her team to multiple playoff championships including one National Championship game. Additionally, Shannon traveled with the Charlotte Eagles to multiple countries on international playing tours in Singapore, Thailand, and Germany.

In the summer of 2014, Shannon was selected to the WPSL Southeast All-Conference Team as a Goal Keeper while playing for the Nashville Wolves. In the spring of 2015, Shannon was selected by the NWSL pro women's team, New Jersey Sky Blue to participate in pre-season training camp.

Previous coaching stops include UNC Charlotte and Pfeiffer University while also serving on the goalkeeping staff for the Arizona, and North Carolina Olympic Development Program. Shannon has additionally coached youth club soccer for 12 years, ages u5-u18. O’Brien holds a NSCAA Youth Module, and NSCAA Goalkeeper I & II Diplomas and co-directs the Lipscomb Girl's Soccer Camps.

Shannon O'Brien is also a part of our Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation team, serving as the Director of Women's ministry. Shannon and Kevin married in 2003 while both playing soccer for the Charlotte Eagles organization. The couple has two kids, Keely and Keegan.

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