Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Spokane SC Shadow is excited to announce Gonzaga University Women's Assistant Coach Lexi Brown has been appointed the Spokane Sounders Youth Development U5-U8 Director, a new position that has developed out of the continued success and growth of the Spokane Sounders program.
"We are ecstatic to be adding the new role to provide more specific education at younger ages for the Spokane soccer community, and even more excited that Lexi will lead the charge in aiding the development of those youngest players in our community. Spokane is lucky to have Lexi and we are more than grateful to add a new role for Lexi that is focused solely on the youngest ages."
Brown has quickly made an impression not only in the club but also as an assistant at Gonzaga University where the Bulldogs have seen a marked improvement in the first two years under the new coaching staff. The Zags finished the recent season fourth (5-2-2) in the conference standings - its highest finish since ending third in 2005 - with the only losses coming at champion BYU and at runner-up Santa Clara. Gonzaga's defense ended the campaign with seven shutouts and allowed only 18 goals, which ranked second in the West Coast Conference. She helped Chris Watkins become the fastest head coach to reach 20 wins in a career in program history.
“I am extremely excited to be working with the Spokane Sounders in this new role," said Brown. "I have always had a passion for working with young kids and aiding in the early development of youth soccer players and this role will help me do just that. I am extremely grateful for the club allowing me to take on this new position and I can’t wait to get started!
Brown came to Gonzaga after spending two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater Utah Valley University. In her first season as an assistant coach at Utah Valley in 2015, Brown helped the Wolverines to their most successful season in school history. The team won a school-record 14 matches, went unbeaten (9-0-1) at home, won the WAC Tournament championship and made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament. As a student-athlete, Brown led Utah Valley to 13 wins in 2014 and anchored the Wolverine defense to a school-record nine shutouts. Her defensive effort earned her WAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-WAC honors.