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Eastern Washington names new assistant soccer coach


Eastern Washington University head soccer coach Chad Bodnar announced the final addition to his coaching staff on July 24. Brianna Smallidge joins the Eagles as an assistant coach after a one-year stint at CSU Bakersfield in a similar role.

“I’m very excited to join the EWU family,” Smallidge said. “I want to thank Chad and Eastern Washington University for the chance to be a part of the women’s soccer program. I’m extremely humbled by this opportunity and look forward to contributing further to its success.”

Before Smallidge began her position with the Roadrunners, who the Eagles open up their season against on Aug. 17 at home in Cheney, she played professional soccer for the Chicago Red Stars and the Seattle Reign for two seasons following a four-year tenure at Seattle U as a student-athlete.

At Seattle U, Smallidge was a Second Team All-WAC goalkeeper, setting a conference record in single season shutouts and wins during WAC play. Her senior season, she garnered a record of 14-3-3 with 12 complete game shutouts, making 75 saves and allowing just 14 goals.

“Brianna is an incredibly talented and driven young coach with a ton of energy,” Bodnar said.

While with the Redhawks, the Port Orchard, Wash., native also served as a strength and conditioning intern and a student assistant athletic trainer. She was also a sports science intern where she assisted and observed with the Seattle Sounders.

EWU begin the 2018 campaign on Aug. 17 with five straight home matches at the EWU Soccer Field.


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