JONESBORO, Ark. (8/3/17) – Shannon Washington, an assistant coach for the Arkansas State women's soccer team this past year has been promoted to the role of associate head coach, head coach Brian Dooley announced Wednesday.
I am very grateful to Coach Dooley and the administration for the opportunity to continue growing with the Red Wolves family,” Washington said. “I'm looking forward to building this program and anxious to get on the field this fall with our returners, as well as our highly anticipated freshman class”
In her first season, Washington helped the Red Wolves return to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2013 season. She was also instrumental in the development of Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder, who broke the A-State single season record saves with 112, while her 6.59 saves per game average ranked her 12th best in the nation (second highest in school history).
Ponder finished her season with 1.15 goals against average for the year, the second lowest in school history, ranking her top-5 in save percentage and in the Sun Belt for goals against average. Ponder was recognized by the conference on Oct. 11 as the Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts on the road against Louisiana and Texas State, a back to back shut out and her 4th overall in season (tied school record). Ponder's accolades continue by making the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
She also worked closely with Taylor Schneider, becoming A-State's first student-athlete to win an individual postseason award when the Sun Belt Conference named her the Newcomer of the Year. Schneider was recognized by the conference on Oct. 11 as the Offensive Player of the Week for her two goals against Louisiana and Texas State. She led the team in goals and finished second in assists, while also collecting three-game winning goals, a mark that ranked in the top-25 nationally. Schneider also claims a spot on the Director's Honor Roll.
“Shannon has done an outstanding job in her first season and this new appointment is a testament to her commitment to this program,” Dooley said.
Washington came to A-State from Kansas University where she served as the Director of Operations for the Jayhawks' women's soccer program. During her season in Lawrence, the Jayhawks collected 10 victories and advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Championship Tournament.
In addition to her duties on the field, Washington also organized scouting reports, travel itineraries, meals, videos and highlights, recorded game stats, team stats, director of team camps and served as the main liaison with the alumni.
Prior to her time at Kansas, she had a two-year stint as the strength and conditioning coach for the Northeastern State women's soccer program. During that time, she also earned her master's degree in Human and Health Performance.
Washington was a four-year letterwinner for the Tulsa Hurricane from 2006-10. During her four years in Tulsa she tallied five goals, six assists and had a role in 12 shutouts. She was also the captain of the squad in both her junior and senior years.
She graduated from Tulsa in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in exercise sports science.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Washington also enjoyed a highly successful club and Olympic Development career. In 2006, she started 21 of 24 games for the women's premier team in Canada, where she recorded 12 goals and 10 assists and helped her squad to regional and league titles.
She saw time with the Canadian Youth National Team in three-consecutive years. She also competed oversees in Spain, Denmark and Sweden where she helped her various teams win gold titles in all three countries.
She and her husband, Travis, reside in Jonesboro. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, outdoor activities, traveling and serving the church.