In the midst of a national search, Brian Zwaschka is the interim head coach of the Texas Tech women's soccer team.
Coaching the Red Raider soccer program for the third year alongside head coach Neil McGuire is assistant coach Brian Zwaschka. Zwaschka came to Texas Tech in January of 2005 and provides tremendous insight stemming from a diverse background of playing and coaching.
Since his arrival, Zwaschka has been instrumental in the resurgence of the program along with McGuire. On-field, he is primarily responsible for the team defense, including goalkeepers. Since implementing new tactics and enforcing special concentration on individual technique and positioning, the Tech defense has made remarkable strides over his first two seasons. The 2006 defense conceded only 30 goals in 20 games for a 1.49 goals against average. An incredible improvement compared to the 72 goals against in 19 games in 2005. Unfortunately, it had been since 2001 that the Tech defense had recorded a single shutout, but that all changed in 2006 as the Tech defense earned 7 shutouts and showed a new, steely determination to keep the ball out of the net. This showed in Tech's results by recording an additional three games with only one goal against and four more games with no more than two goals against.
Prior to joining Tech soccer, Zwaschka's most recent coaching position was as assistant coach at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He helped guide the Vikings to the national tournament with a ranking of 11th and two conference championships. During the 2004 season, Zwaschka and the Vikings boasted a season record of 19-5-1, including an 11-game win streak during the middle of the season.
Zwaschka also played for Grand View College from 1990-1992 while earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees. He earned NAIA All-American honors and was named the NAIA District 15 Player of the Year during his junior campaign. Zwaschka was a three-year captain and led the Vikings to district championships in 1990 and 1991, as well as the regional final during the 1991 season, losing out in double overtime. Individually, Zwaschka was named to the NAIA all-conference first team and academic all-conference team from 1990-1992.
Domestically, he played six years on professional forms with the Des Moines Menace, where Zwaschka was a captain, and with the Connecticut Wolves, formerly of the A-league. He led the Menace to an appearance in the Final Four in 1995 and in the Final Three in 1998, and was a 1996 Northwest Division Champion with the Wolves.
In addition to the domestic game, Zwaschka has significant playing experience on the international level. He has spent time with teams in Scotland, England and France. His experience includes a season with Hurlford United FC in Ayrshire, Scotland and a season with Chelmsford City FC in Essex, England. Zwaschka also played a season each with AS Saint-Leu VO 95 and AS Saint-Ouen L'Aumone in Paris, France.
Prior to his stint at Grand View College, Zwaschka was an assistant coach at Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Under his guidance, Dowling was conference champion during the 2000 season.
His club experience includes time with the Iowa United Soccer Club (1997-1998) and the Waukee Soccer Club (1995) as the Head Coach. Zwaschka led the Iowa United Soccer Club to a state championship in 1998 and the Waukee Soccer Club to a gold medal at the Iowa Games.
Zwaschka is joined by his wife, Sara, their sons, Lochan and Jagozar, and their daughter, Bria.
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