USC Women’s Soccer adds Shigeyoshi ‘Sugar’ Shinohara to coaching staff


Women’s football | April 22, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Head coach of the USC women’s soccer team Jane Alukonis today (April 22) announced the addition of Shigeyoshi “Sugar” Shinohara as an assistant coach to the Trojan soccer team, filling the last vacancy on the coaching staff.

Shinohara comes to USC after serving as an assistant at Arizona State for the past five seasons.

“I couldn’t be more grateful that Shigeyoshi ‘Sugar’ Shinohara is joining our coaching staff,” Alukonis said. “Sugar is an extremely special human being. His coaching and mentorship will have a lifelong impact on our student-athletes. Sugar is a teacher at heart, super intelligent and has a uniquely enthusiastic and positive coaching demeanor. I can’t wait for players to experience his high-energy delivery and daily passion for life.He spreads joy wherever he goes.

“Sugar has been a big part of ASU’s recent success and I owe a huge thank you to Head Coach Graham Winkworth for his openness and selflessness in the process. To Sugar and his wife Arin, welcome to the Trojan family!”

Shinohara helped the Sun Devils win three seasons of the five years he was there and helped guide the program to its first playoff appearance since 2014 when ASU made the NCAA Tournament in 2020, earning the fifth win. program in the playoffs this season. During his tenure, ASU also produced its first All-American since 2002, when Nicole Douglas earned third-team honors in 2021.

“First of all, I would like to thank Ray Anderson and the entire team at Sun Devil Athletics for giving me the opportunity to work at Arizona State,” Shinohara said. “I especially want to thank Graham (Winkworth), Jo (Chubb) and all the players past and present for a wonderful five and a half years as Sun Devil.

“Moving forward, I am both humbled and excited for this great opportunity to be part of such a decorated program. I would like to thank President Carol Folt, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn, Lindsay Jaffe and Coach Alukonis for inviting me to be part of the Trojan family. After meeting Coach Alukonis and his staff, learning about their visions for the upcoming program, and meeting the student-athletes, my wife Arin and I are getting more and more excited about this new chapter. I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to start.”

Shinohara joined the ASU staff from Brevard College (Brevard, North Carolina) where he spent eight seasons – seven seasons as head coach of the women’s program (2009-15) and one season as head coach of the men’s program (2016).

In his only season at the helm of the men’s program, Shinohara led Brevard to his best season since joining the NCAA, going 8-8-3. Among the accomplishments was one of the biggest upsets in program history when he defeated eventual 2016 NCAA Division II National Champions Wingate 1-0 in the Conference Tournament quarterfinals. of the South Atlantic.

Under Shinohara’s leadership, the women’s program earned a berth in the South Atlantic Conference tournament for the first time in school history and set the school record for consecutive wins. Off the field, his team’s 3.51 cumulative GPA was the second highest in Brevard’s athletic department.

Prior to taking the reins at Brevard, Shinohara served as an assistant coach at Montevallo University from 2005 to 2009 under head coach Patricia Hughes. While at Montevallo, Shinohara was heavily involved in the recruiting and general operation of the women’s soccer program. He was part of a staff that led the women’s soccer team to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 and Gulf Southern Conference Tournament title in 2007. UM was also a runner-up in the Gulf Southern Conference Tournament. gulf in 2008.

Shinohara began his coaching career in Yamaguchi, Japan, where he served as Seiki Football Club’s assistant to a group aged 10 to 16 from 1994 to 2001. From there he moved to United Soccer Academy where he was responsible for day-to-day administrative operations in addition to being a full-time coach where he coached one-on-one sessions with young players.

In addition to his academic work, Shinohara was a member of the Alabama Olympic Development Program (2005-09) and the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (2009-16). In this role, he was responsible for player evaluation and training, as well as training at district and state spring and summer camps.

Shinohara holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and an Advanced National Diploma as well as the FA Coaching License and UEFA “B” International Coaching License from the Football Association in England. More recently, it has also added a National B License and a National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation.


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