Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN 37204
Tennessee Southeast
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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O’Brien begins his sixth 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 two seasons, O'Brien has led Lipscomb to consecutive ASUN Championship game apperances, the first two in program history. The Lady Bisons have notched a program-best 12 wins in each of the past two years, bringing O'Brien's current record at Lipscomb to 42-35-17.


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 17 All-Conference performers, nine All-Freshmen performers, eight All-Academic honorees, and 12 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

Associate Head Coach

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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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Charles Morrow

A Lipscomb graduate himself, men’s soccer head coach Charles Morrow has been a long-time stalwart around the Nashville soccer scene, first as a player during the Bison’s NAIA days and now as a coach on the Division I level. He enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Lipscomb Bisons men’s soccer team with lofty expectations for his program to break through and make its first NCAA Tournament.


Morrow arrived on Lipscomb’s campus first in 1994 as a transfer after starting his collegiate career at DII power Queens College. From 1994-96, Morrow would be part of the Bison squad, serving as a captain during his tenure as a player.


After his playing career ended, Morrow stayed on as an assistant from 1996-97, graduating in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health.


In 2006, Morrow would go on to earn his Master’s Degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Upon graduating from Lipscomb in 1997, Morrow took over head coaching duties for both the boys and girls squads at Goodpasture High School, where he stayed until 2000. His boys teams reached the regional semifinals in both 1999 and 2000.


Morrow returned to the collegiate ranks in 2000 when he accepted an assistant coaching position with Vanderbilt. He remained with the Commodores until 2003.


He left Vanderbilt to take on his first collegiate head coaching job at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. in April, 2003. In two seasons with the Crusaders, Morrow directed the DII squad to conference runner-up honors in the regular season and conference tournament.


In 2005, Morrow accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater. In his first season back on the sidelines at Lipscomb, Morrow’s charges secured five victories, more than doubling the total from the previous two seasons and earning one of the top turnarounds in the NCAA. It was the first of two occasions Morrow would lead a squad to one of the NCAA’s biggest turnarounds from season-to-season.


His 2006 squad began the season 5-4-1, including its first-ever DI victory against archrival Belmont, before stumbling down the stretch. The Bisons rebounded in 2007 with the school’s first trip to the Atlantic Sun tournament, where the Bisons advanced to the second round before falling to Jacksonville.


Morrow’s 2008 squad broke through in a big way, setting program records for wins (10) and conference wins (5). The Bisons lost in the A-Sun tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year, this time to eventual champion Jacksonville on penalty kicks.


After a disappointing sixth-place finish in 2009, Morrow’s squad rebounded with a quality 2010 performance, earning Lipscomb’s second 10-win campaign in three seasons. Along the way, Lipscomb took regular season champion Florida Gulf Coast to overtime, and in the semifinals of the A-Sun tournament, played ETSU in a double overtime thriller before falling, 2-1, to the eventual champions.


Morrow's 2011 squad finished 4-12-3, but the season was highlighted with a 2-1 victory over nationally-ranked No. 22 ETSU in Johnson City.


The following season his squad bounced back and claimed seven wins and advanced to the semifinal's of the A-Sun Tournament before dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Florida Gulf Coast in two overtimes.


With three freshmen and three sophomore's landing a spot in the 2013 starting lineup, Morrow's squad had one of the most impressive seasons in program history finishing the season 9-9-2, the third-most wins in Lipscomb's NCAA era. Morrow guided his team to a fifth semifinal appearance in the A-Sun Tournament in seven seasons, before losing 1-0 to ETSU on a late Buccaneer goal.


Morrow was tabbed the A-Sun Coach of the Year for the first time in program history and also had junior midfielder Omar Djabi named A-Sun Player of the Year after leading the league with nine goals and 21 points.


In 2014 his team broke the school's single-season win record after going 12-4-1 overall. The 4-0-1 mark in conference play landed the Bisons a first-ever A-Sun regular season title and the right to host the conference championship. Lipscomb fell short in the semifinals against North Florida.


Six players earned all-conference honors, including a school record three on the first team. Luke Gearin was named the A-Sun Defender of the Year while Ivan Alvarado earned Freshman of the Year. He and Matt Kerridge were both named NSCAA All-Region members.


The 2015 season included a 3-2 mark in ASUN play for the Bisons and a seventh trip to the ASUN Semifinals in nine season. Seven players earned All-Conference honors including freshman Logan Paynter and Alvarado on the First Team. Alvarado also garned NSCAA All-Region distinction.


Coming in to the 2016 season, expectations were high as Alvarado was named Preseason ASUN Player of the Year and goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe, Preseason Keeper of the Year.


The Bisons won 10 games including a 3-2-1 mark in ASUN play. They again advanced to the ASUN Semifinals, but fell to eventual champion FGCU. Postseason awards were plenty for Morrow's 2016 group, as Alvarado, Paynter and defender Joe Kerridge were all named First Team All-Conference. Freshman Austin Eager brought home All-Freshman honors, while Scout Monteith and newcomer Ivan Sakou were named to the Second Team All-Conference.


After the season, the Bisons continued to pile up the hardware as a program-record three players, Alvarado, Paynter and Kerridge, were named to the NSCAA All-Region team.


Overall, Morrow has amassed a record of 90-115-22, including a 40-40-11 mark in Atlantic Sun play.


During Morrow’s tenure, 33 Bisons have been selected to all-conference honors, including 9 players named as first-teamers (Ivan Alvarado three times, Garret Pettis twice, Miguel DaSilva twice, Logan Paynter twice, Ben Page, Omar Djabi, Luke Gearin, Matt Kerridge and Joe Kerridge). While Alvarado is the only three-time Bison to be named First Team All-Conference, he also is the only two-time NSCAA All-Region honoree.


Under Morrow, Pettis became the Bisons first-ever A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2008. Alvarado took home that honor in 2014.


In the classroom, 66 Bisons have been named Atlantic Sun All-Academic since Morrow took over, including a record 17 from the 2011 squad.


Off the pitch, Morrow and his squad are active in the community, primarily through YES (Youth Encouragement Services). The coaches and players offer instruction to players and coaches in six-week fall and spring youth leagues.


Morrow and his wife Beth have two sons, Trip and Will.

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Garrett McLaughlin

Garrett McLaughlin recently returned to Nashville and Lipscomb after a year’s stint as an Assistant Coach for Xavier University’s men’s soccer program, located in Cincinnati, OH, where he assisted in all areas of the program. Specifically, in managing day-to-day on-field training, recruiting and team academics.


Helped Xavier clinch a spot in the Big East Tournament. Also, helped coach the 2016 Big East Defender of the Year, Cory Brown. As well as Jalen Brown, an All-Big East selection, who was drafted in the second round of the MLS Draft to New York City FC.


Before Xavier, McLaughlin had two successful seasons as a Volunteer Assistant at Lipscomb, where in his first season, he helped the Bisons to a program-best 12-4-1 record securing the A-Sun regular season title in 2014. The Bisons were 18-14-2 overall during his two years in Nashville, racking up several conference honors in the process. McLaughlin trained the 2014 A-Sun Defender of the Year, Luke Gearin, and the A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Ivan Alvarado. While at Lipscomb, he also coached at the Tennessee Soccer Club.


Prior to being a Volunteer Assistant at Lipscomb, McLaughlin began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division III school in his home state of Texas. The Cru racked up a 26-19-4 record during his three years with numerous conference awards


and accomplishments.


McLaughlin played at Lipscomb University during the 2007-2010 seasons and was a four-year starter. He was a three-year captain of the Bisons, starting 67 out of 72 games played throughout his four years. He scored 10 goals and had eight assists in his tenure. He helped the Bisons to their first ever ASUN Conference Tournament appearance in 2007.


Originally from Belton, TX, McLaughlin played for the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, TX. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling.

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Stephen Lunney

Lunney is entering his first year as an Assistant Coach, and third year overall with the program having served as a Graduate Assistant for the past two years. During this time, the Bisons amassed a record of 16-16-3 and reached back-to-back ASUN Tournament Semifinals.


While his primary role is coaching the goalkeepers, Lunney is also responsible for assisting the head coach with team travel, budgeting, camps, compliance, scouting and recruiting.


Lunney's work with the keepers has yielded excellent results. The 2016 club set program records with only 19 goals allowed and five shutouts earned. Lunney was responsible for coaching two-year starting GK, Micah Bledsoe, who went on to sign a pro contract with USL side Louisville City FC following a standout 4-year career at Lipscomb.


Prior to joining the coaching staff at Lipscomb, Lunney played collegiately at Martin Methodist College. A 4-year starter and a 3-year captain, Lunney started 75 of 76 games, winning 2 conference titles and an NAIA National Championship (2013). He was named the MVP of the National Tournament.


Following a successful junior season, he was named SSAC Athlete of the Year and SSAC Student-Athlete of the Year. He was also named an All-American during his senior year and was a 3-time Academic All-American. Lunney was named NAIA Academic All-American of the Year for the 2013-14 season, and was twice named the NAIA Men’s Soccer All-American of the Year.


Lunney is originally from Dublin, Ireland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Physical Education from Martin Methodist College and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Lipscomb University. He is a USSF licensed coach and a holds an NSCAA GK Coaching Diploma.

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