Feb. 20, 2013
HOUSTON - Former University of South Alabama assistant soccer coach Brandon Gwin has been named the new Rice assistant coach to work with the Owl goalkeepers, Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams announced on Wednesday (Feb. 20).
Gwin is a member of both the Region III ODP Goalkeeping Staff and a member of the Super-Y ODP National Staff. He also holds an NSCAA National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
"I am very excited to announce the hiring of Brandon Gwin to our soccer staff," coach Adams said. "Brandon is considered one of the top up and coming young coaches and we are thrilled to have join our program. 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."
Last season Gwin served as the goalkeepers coach for a South Alabama squad that posted eight wins and three ties in 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 two years ago.
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.
In just her third year at the helm of the Rice soccer program, Coach Adams led the Owls to the school's first-ever conference regular season title in 2012. Rice posted 11 victories last season, its highest single-season win total in five years. The young Owl squad featured six of the regular starting 11 listed as either freshmen or sophomores, and there were just five seniors on the entire roster.