Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University Athletic Dept
One University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555
Division 1 Ohio Midwest
Public Large National competitor


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Brian Shrum

Brian Shrum, a native of Western Pennsylvania, is in his second season as head coach of the Youngstown State women's soccer program.

In his first year at Youngstown State, Shrum earned his first win on August 24, in a 1-0 win over Canisius from Farmers National Bank Field. During the season, goalkeeper Kate McEachern was named the Horizon League Defense Player of the Week on Oct. 8 for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland.

Shrum, who served as an assistant coach then associate head coach at Duquesne from 2012-17, becomes the seventh head coach in program history.

Shrum spent the last six seasons at Duquesne and helped the Dukes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, Atlantic-10 Championship and a school record 12 wins in 2015. Over the last three seasons, Shrum helped Duquesne to an overall record of 34-22-7 and an 18-10-2 mark in Atlantic-10 play.

Shrum has developed 13 Atlantic-10 All-Conference players, including two-time all-conference selection and 2017 Atlantic-10 Midfielder of the Year Linnea Faccenda.

Prior to Duqusene, Shrum, who has been coaching in Western Pennsylvania since 1995, served as strength and conditioning coaching intern at California University of Pennsylvania. Simultaneously, he served as an assistant coach at St. Vincent College where he helped improve the Bearcats to a school-record tying 11-win season and a berth in the school's first ECAC South Championship tournament. He was instrumental in the development of St. Vincent's first First-Team All-American Elly Colvin.

Shrum graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a degree in sports management where he also earned a master's in exercise science with a concentration in sports enhancement and injury prevention. Shrum is currently pursuing a doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a concentration in Human and Sports Performance. His focal is speed development in soccer within the principles of contextual application. Shrum hopes to complete his degree in the summer of 2020.

He is also an adjunct professor at Duquesne University where he teaches Integrated Sports Enhancement and Injury Prevention within the Athletic Training curriculum.

In addition to holding a USSF “A” license from the US Soccer Federation and National Youth License from the United States Youth Soccer Association, Shrum holds numerous strength and conditioning certifications: Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist from the National Academy of Speed and Explosion and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association which is an accredited certification with the NCAA.

Shrum, and his wife, Lori, live in Belle Vernon, Pa.

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Josh Green

Josh Green is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Youngstown State women's soccer program.

In his first season at Youngstown State, Green helped goalkeeper Kate McEachern earn the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 8 for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland. McEachern also led all goalkeepers with 48 saves and 6 saves per game during Horizon League matches.

Green, who will serve as an assistant coach with a focus on goalkeepers, spent the last eight years as a volunteer coach at South Dakota and also made stops at Xavier (2009), Loyola Marymount in California (2008-09), Minnesota State-Mankato (2006-08), Iowa (2004-06), and Pepperdine (1996-2003).

As a graduate assistant at Mankato, Green helped the MSU program become a Division II national power. The Mavericks had a 26-9-3 record, boasting three All-Central Region players and eight All-North Central Conference players.

Green also helped build Pepperdine into a Top 25 team. Pepperdine made three appearances in the NCAA tournament from 1996 to 2003.

He is a 1994 graduate of California Lutheran University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. He completed his master's degree in sports psychology from Minnesota State, Mankato in 2008.

Green and his wife, Mandy, have a son Jack, and a daughter, Ashleigh.

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Tara O'Brien

Tara O'Brien is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Youngstown State women's soccer program.

Prior to YSU, O'Brien spent the last two seasons as a senior trainer for the UK Elite where she coordinated camps, and served as a residential coach.

She also spent four years with the Kirkwood Soccer Club from 2013-17, where she was a tournament director, camp coordinator and soccer coach.

O'Brien was a four-year letterwinner at Lincoln University and ended her career as the school's all-time leader in goals, assists and total points. Named an All-American in 2012, O'Brien also led the NCAA in points per game in 2012 and scored 100 career points at Lincoln.

She graduated from Lincoln in 2015 with a bachelor's degree with a double major in psycholgoy and health science.

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