Burr, Daugherty Join Redbird Soccer Staff

July 26, 2006

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State women's soccer head coach Pete Kowall announced the recent hiring of Jason Burr and Shaunna Daugherty as assistant coach and graduate assistant coach, respectively.

"Jason has the coaching experience and passion for the game that will help make our team successful," Kowall said. "He's been a head coach so he understands how to balance on and off-field responsibilities. Plus he's coached high school level club and Olympic development teams so he can not only coach, but he can also identify players that can play at our level. I'm really excited to have Jason on our staff."

Burr comes to Illinois State after serving as the head coach of both the men's and women's soccer teams at Thomas More College, a Division III institution in Crestview Hills, Ky., for the past three seasons. His successful tenure at Thomas More included leading the women's program to its first trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament in 2003 and a conference championship in the team's first year competing in the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2005. Burr has guided the women's program to a 42-9-6 mark in three seasons.

Prior to becoming a collegiate head coach, Burr was an assistant coach with the men's soccer team at Missouri Valley Conference affiliate member Western Kentucky during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He also volunteered his services to the women's program during the 2001 campaign.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to be a part of a program with a rich tradition of success competing at the highest level of soccer," Burr said. "I'm especially looking forward to working with Pete, who has such a great pedigree of producing winning teams and achieving success at the next level."

Burr's extensive coaching career also includes working with the Ohio and Kentucky ODP, in addition to coaching a pair of girls' club teams in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Clarksville, Tenn., native, received a B.S. in history from Austin Peay State University in 2001, and is currently working towards his master's degree in communication at Western Kentucky. Burr, who replaces former ISU assistant Stacy Welp, holds a United States Soccer Federation "C" License.

Daugherty's coaching experience includes working as an assistant coach for the varsity girls' soccer team at her alma mater, Waubonsie Valley High School, for the past two seasons. The Aurora, Ill., native also worked with the Elmhurst College women's soccer team in the fall of 2005. Most recently, Daugherty has served as a goalkeeping coach with the Illinois ODP since February, 2005. She holds a Class "E" coaching license from the state of Indiana.

"Shaunna is one of the best young goalkeeper trainers in the Midwest," Kowall said. "She has a lot of energy and a true passion for the game. She's excited to get into college coaching. She's already coached at the high school level and in the ODP, so really she can work with anyone. Shaunna played at a high level at Indiana, and she knows how to teach the technical and tactical parts of the game."

"I'm so excited. This is a great opportunity," Daugherty said. "I have the utmost respect for Pete and the program. I just can't wait to get down there and meet the girls and get my first collegiate coaching experience."

During her collegiate playing career at Indiana, Daugherty also served as head coach of the Bloomington (Ind.) Cutters Soccer Club 14 and under girls' team. Additionally, she helped out with the university's soccer camps for three summers from 2001-03.

Daugherty, who was the starting goalkeeper for the Hoosiers from 2000-03, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times in her career. She graduated from IU with a B.S. in exercise science in August, 2004. Her playing career also includes a brief stint with the W-League's Chicago Cobras in 2003, when they finished second at the national tournament.