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.