June 17, 2014

O'Brien Tabbed as Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's soccer coach Phil Pincince has announced the addition of Ashley O'Brien to the staff as an assistant coach for the start of the 2014 season.  O'Brien spent the previous three seasons at the University of Idaho as an assistant coach, focusing on the designing and execution of practice plans as well as the recruiting of prospective players.  She also served as interim head coach for Idaho after the 2013 season, finalizing the spring and fall schedules and communicating with recruits.

"I am very excited about adding Ashley O'Brien to the Brown soccer staff.  Ashley will bring experience, passion and energy as she has been involved in Division 1 women's soccer for almost a decade," said Pincince.  "She was a two-sport athlete and that experience will be great with our younger players trying to find a balance between academics and athletics."

O'Brien has worked with the Idaho Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and has also served as head coach of the Moscow United Soccer Club's U15 team.

A native of Broad Brook, Connecticut, O'Brien split her collegiate career between the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco, appearing in 56 combined matches between the Huskies and Dons.  At USF, O'Brien was a NSCAA Second Team All-West selection in 2009 while also earning All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention accolades that season.

A two-sport athlete at both institutions, O'Brien participated in soccer and track and field, leaving USF with the school's all-time record in the 800m.  She graduated from Connecticut in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing before earning a Master's degree in Sports Management from San Francisco in 2011.  O'Brien currently holds a USSF National "C" coaching license.

She joins a seasoned Brown staff led by Pincince, the nation's longest standing coach, who has amassed a 311-239-50 record in 37 seasons at the helm of the Bears.  Assistant coach Luis Faria will enter his 11th season on College Hill after joining the program in 2004.
 

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