Owls Open Action At C-USA Championship Wednesday Morning
Assistant coach Brandon Gwin is in his second season of working with the Owl goalkeepers.
In his first season with Rice in 2013, the Owls posted five shutouts and his goalkeepers finished fourth in Conference USA with an average of 5.2 saves per game. In one road contest junior Amy Czyz recorded 11 saves, a mark that tied for the fourth-largest single-game total in school history. Rice's final save percentage was a steady 75.6 percent.
In addition to his Rice duties, Gwin also serves as a goalkeeper coach with the Houston Dynamo US Soccer Development Academy. He is a member of both the Region III ODP Goalkeeping Staff and a member of the Super-Y ODP National Staff. Gwin holds a USSF National "C" License, NSCAA National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
"Brandon is considered one of the top up-and-coming young coaches, and we are thrilled to have him working with the program," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "His expertise in the goalkeeper area is something specific that we were looking to fill and he has established himself as a top goalkeeper trainer. With his passion for the game and work ethic we know that Brandon is going to contribute to the championship ways here at Rice. Our players are very fortunate to have him as one of their coaches."
In 2012 Gwin served as the goalkeepers coach for a South Alabama squad that posted eight wins and three ties while qualifying for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Jaguar keepers registered a total of eight shutouts and combined for 136 saves in 21 games. South Alabama was third in the conference in shutouts and finished fourth in saves.
Prior to South Alabama Gwin spent the previous two seasons with Southeastern Conference power LSU assisting with the development of a talented pool of Tiger goalkeepers that included Megan Kinneman, who recorded a new LSU single-season goals-against average (0.66) to earn SEC All-Freshman-Team honors in 2010. Under Gwin's direction, Kinneman posted six shutouts in 14 starts that season, and then-junior Mo Isom added three more to bring the Tigers' clean-sheet total to nine out of 20 total matches.
After graduating from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La., in 2006, Gwin spent two seasons in the net for the Premier Development League's Baton Rouge Capitals during 2007 and 2008. Before joining the LSU staff, Gwin spent five seasons as a varsity, junior varsity and goalkeepers coach at Catholic High, while also serving a four-year stint as a `keeper coach with the Baton Rouge Soccer Association. Gwin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU in 2010.