Brian Shrum, a native of Western Pennsylvania, is in his third season as head coach of the Youngstown State women's soccer program.
In his second season at the helm, Shrum improved the Penguins' win total from the previous year and collected his first victory in the Horizon League. Shrum also earned his first all-league selection as freshman Marcella Sizer was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team as well as the All-Freshman team.
The Penguins finished the 2019 season with four wins and picked up a pair of league victories over Cleveland State and Detroit Mercy, marking the first time since 2015 that the Guins won multiple league games.
The season opening victory over Purdue Fort Wayne (8/23) was the first win in an opener since 2016 and on October 2, the Penguins defeated Cleveland State 1-0 to snap a 23-game winless streak in the Horizon League. YSU closed out their 2019 home schedule with a 1-0 victory over Detroit Mercy, marking just the second win over the Titans in program history.
With only seven upper classman on the roster, Shrum turned to his 2019 freshman class who accounted for 31 of the team's 36 total points, 11 of the 12 goals and nine of the 12 assists. A trio of forwards in Marcella Sizer, Regan LaVigna and Addie Roman helped lead the way. Sizer finished with 13 points on five goals and three assists, LaVigna accumlated siz points with one goal and four assists and Roman had six points on three goals. LaVigna's four assists tied the freshman record set by Chantel Groom (2001) and Katie Hohman (2012).
In his first year at Youngstown State, Shrum earned his first win on August 24, in a 1-0 win over Canisius from Farmers National Bank Field. During the season, goalkeeper Kate McEachern was named the Horizon League Defense Player of the Week on Oct. 8 for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland.
Shrum, who served as an assistant coach then associate head coach at Duquesne from 2012-17, becomes the seventh head coach in program history.
Shrum spent the last six seasons at Duquesne and helped the Dukes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, Atlantic-10 Championship and a school record 12 wins in 2015. Over the last three seasons, Shrum helped Duquesne to an overall record of 34-22-7 and an 18-10-2 mark in Atlantic-10 play.
Shrum has developed 13 Atlantic-10 All-Conference players, including two-time all-conference selection and 2017 Atlantic-10 Midfielder of the Year Linnea Faccenda.
Prior to Duqusene, Shrum, who has been coaching in Western Pennsylvania since 1995, served as strength and conditioning coaching intern at California University of Pennsylvania. Simultaneously, he served as an assistant coach at St. Vincent College where he helped improve the Bearcats to a school-record tying 11-win season and a berth in the school's first ECAC South Championship tournament. He was instrumental in the development of St. Vincent's first First-Team All-American Elly Colvin.
Shrum graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a degree in sports management where he also earned a master's in exercise science with a concentration in sports enhancement and injury prevention. Shrum is currently pursuing a doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a concentration in Human and Sports Performance. His focal is speed development in soccer within the principles of contextual application. Shrum hopes to complete his degree in the summer of 2020.
He is also an adjunct professor at Duquesne University where he teaches Integrated Sports Enhancement and Injury Prevention within the Athletic Training curriculum.
In addition to holding a USSF “A” license from the US Soccer Federation and National Youth License from the United States Youth Soccer Association, Shrum holds numerous strength and conditioning certifications: Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist from the National Academy of Speed and Explosion and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association which is an accredited certification with the NCAA.
Shrum, and his wife, Lori, live in Belle Vernon, Pa.