Aurora University

Aurora, IL 605064892
Illinois Midwest
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Shannon DeNinno

PHONE 630-844-4207

Shannon DeNinno became the fifth Head Coach of the Aurora University women's soccer program in January of 2018. She comes to AU after six seasons as an assistant coach at Carnegie Mellon University.

In her six seasons as an assistant at CMU, the Tartans amassed an 82-19-12 overall record with six NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to three Sweet 16’s and one Elite 8. She helped guide CMU to two UAA conference championships, including the program's first.

Prior to her time at Carnegie Mellon, she spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo and a season as the women’s assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she helped guide the Bears to a #8 national ranking and a 19-2-2 overall record. That same year, Lenoir-Rhyne won the South Atlantic Championship, as DeNinno helped coach two All-Americans, the conference player of the year and freshman of the year.

DeNinno is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a minor in graphic design. She earned her master’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in May of 2011 in business administration.

As a player, DeNinno spent three seasons at the University of Tampa, where she won a Division II National Championship in 2007. At Tampa, she was part of a team that compiled a record of 52-7-6 in three seasons and appeared in 41 games. She finished her collegiate eligibility at Lenoir-Rhyne, where she was the team’s third-leading scorer with six goals and seven assists.

She went on to be a four-year member of the IMG W-League semi-pro team from 2004-07 and spent one season with the WPSL Clearwater Galactics semi-pro team in 2009 and served as team captain.

DeNinno also served as the Olympic Development Program Girls ’95 assistant coach in North Carolina. Her team advanced to the 2011 Final Four in Arizona. She completed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma during the summer of 2017 after receiving the NSCAA National Diploma for completing the course in San Francisco, California, in 2014. She also holds a NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma (2009) and participated in the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in 2013.

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Ryan Lakin

Ryan Lakin became the Head Coach of the Aurora University men’s soccer program in May of 2014. In his first season at AU, Lakin led the Spartans to a 12-5-3 overall record and 6-3-1 in the NACC.

Prior to coming to AU, Lakin spent nine seasons as the Illinois Wesleyan University men's soccer coach. In nine seasons at IWU he had a 67-75-16 overall record. Lakin was a three-time Coach of the Year in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while at Millikin University (1998, 1999, 2001). After departing Millikin University, Lakin spent seven months coaching in the United Soccer League at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He returned to the Chicago area and assisted Directing the FC Barrington and Barrington Recreational Soccer Association for two years. He returned to the college coaching at Illinois Wesleyan University before coming home to Chicago and Aurora University.

A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Lakin was the men's and women's soccer coach at Millikin from 1998 to 2002. His men's teams compiled a record of 54-29-3 (.645) in five seasons with a league co-championship in 2001. His Big Blue women's teams were 27-60-4 overall (.319) and 4-31 in the CCIW (.114) over the same period.

Lakin played collegiate soccer at Illinois State University and earned Most Improved Player for the 1992 Redbirds team and was a 1993 team captain. He was chosen to the Missouri Valley Conference all-league and all-tournament squads, and was named to the all-Midwest region team.

He was an assistant coach for the Lincoln College men's soccer team in 1994 and was director of coaching for the Bloomington-Normal Soccer Club from 1995 to 1998.

Lakin was assistant director of coaching at Barrington (Ill.) Area Soccer Association and FC Barrington, where he was responsible for the operation and oversight of 2,000 recreational players, 35 travel teams and 15 staff coaches.

He is also part of the Olympic Development coaching staff and an instructor on the coaching education staff for the State of Illinois. With the Illinois Youth Soccer Association and FC Barrington, Lakin co-developed and co-instructed the first pilot program for the development of a recreational coaching license. Lakin holds his USSF “A”, “B”, and “C” licenses and an USSF National Youth License and is a consultant to the National Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Club Standards Project.

He is married to Kristin and with a new addition of their daughter Beckett.

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Nick Skrip

Nick Skrip joined the Spartan men's soccer coaching staff in the fall of 2015 as a graduate assistant coach. Skrip comes to AU after a four-year career at Lewis University.

In his playing career, Skrip was a two-time captain (2013 and 2014) and was selected to the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team in 2014.

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