FSU Soccer, first-year head coach Brian Pensky announces two assistant coach hires.

Florida State head coach Brian Pensky has announced his coaching staff for the 2022 season.

Pensky added 14-year-old MLS veteran Bobby Shuttleworth and former ECNL manager for Richmond United Aaron Brunner as his two assistant coaches. The two join Pensky and volunteer assistant coach Andrew Hudson.

“We’ve assembled an exceptional coaching staff, they’re well-rounded in many ways,” Pensky said. “We think we ticked a lot of boxes with this staff, the youth game, where the teaching begins, the national team level, the professional level, coupled with my experience at the college level. we couldn’t be more excited to get started, to have the players back in town and to let training and the season begin.

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Bobby Shuttleworth arrives in Florida State after completing a 14-year career in MLS and has been named an assistant football coach by head coach Brian Pensky. Shuttleworth began his MLS career in 2009 after playing collegiate at Buffalo. In his 14-year career, he has spent time with four different MLS clubs, most recently with Atlanta United in 2022. He has made a total of 238 regular season and playoff appearances and ranks 13th overall times among MLS goalkeepers in regular season games played (232).

Shuttleworth finished his career with 81 wins over 14 seasons and recorded 53 clean sheets during his time in the pro ranks. He started his career with the New England Revolution where he played for eight seasons. Shuttleworth played 127 games with 124 starts during his time with New England. In 2014, the Revolution finished fifth in the league standings and Shuttleworth helped them qualify for the MLS Cup Final.

He then played two seasons with Minnesota United, one season with the Sacramento Republic and two seasons with the Chicago Fire before moving to Atlanta for the 2022 season.

Shuttleworth’s name is all over the University at Buffalo record books as he is first in career goals against average (0.80) and third in career wins (21). He finished the 2008 season with a .63 GAA good for second best in school history and his .94 GAA in 2007 is good for 10th best in school history.

Shuttleworth is married to his wife Geenamarie and they have a daughter Quinn.

“Bobby Shuttleworth has been playing professionally for over 14 years, which comes with a wealth of experience on the court, in the locker room, in the video room and beyond,” Pensky said. “He’s been coached by a number of top goalkeeper coaches, assistant coaches and head coaches, so he’s seen a lot and learned a lot over the years. Bobby always knew his next chapter would be as a coach, so he’s spent nearly half of his playing career involved with college teams, so he’s certainly ready for that opportunity.We’re delighted that Bobby, his wife Geenamarie and their daughter Quinn join us at Florida State.

Aaron Brunner joins the Florida State coaching staff after serving as ECNL manager, operations manager and head coach with Richmond United/Strikers for the past 10 years. Brunner also works with the United States Senior Women’s National Team as an opponent scout.

Since 2015, he has worked with several national youth teams within the United States Soccer Federation as a talent identification scout for the women’s national youth teams (u14, u15 and u17) from 2015 to 2018 During this time, Brunner also served as the US Liaison with the football training center program for Virginia. He was also an opponent scout for the U15 and U17 Women’s National Team during their CONCACAF Championships.

Prior to joining Richmond United/Strikers, Brunner spent nine years with Prince William SI. He started out as the Strikers’ full-time girls’ ECNL coaching staff, before becoming Richmond United’s ECNL director of operations. He has coached several women’s Richmond United ECNL teams and holds his US Soccer A license, US Soccer Talent Scout license and US Soccer National Youth license. Aaron has also served as Director of National Selection for ECNL and is a National Football Coach Education Instructor in the United States.

Prior to the Strikers, he was named the 2009 National Youth Coach of the Year, USYSA Region I Coach of the Year, and VYSA State Coach of the Year while at PWSI. He also coached for Seacoast United where he was also named NHYSA Coach of the Year.

Brunner played at the University of New Hampshire and earned a BA in psychology. He has a wife Kristin and their two children, Owen and Sophie.

“Aaron Brunner has been in the youth game, teaching the game and developing players for over 20 years,” Pensky said. “He has also been involved at the U.S. National Youth Team level as a talent scout and opponent scout for the past seven years and is now a full team level opponent scout. Aaron’s player and game insights are both top notch, and we look forward to welcoming Aaron’s wife Kristin, son Owen and daughter Sophie to Tallahassee.

“Volunteer assistant coach Andrew Hudson will remain on board with us. Andrew has been on the team here for almost four years now, so he’s certainly helping to ensure continuity, which is beneficial for both the players and the our team.


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