Julie Shackford
Head Coach
Marsha Lycan
Assistant Coach
Alexa Gaul
Assistant Coach

Alexa Gaul

Assistant Coach

Alexa Gaul enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Tribe in 2018. Gaul spent the last two years as a graduate assistant at Columbus State University, after an impressive collegiate and professional playing career.
At Columbus State, Gaul was the goalkeeper coach, while assisting with the day-to-day activities of the program. She helped guide the Cougars to a pair of Peachbelt Conference regular season and tournament championships. CSU advanced to the Division II Final Four in her first season, before making a Sweet Sixteen run in 2017. Under her tutelage, goalkeeper Maylyn Parson earned All-America honors in 2016, and also earned a National Player of the Week honor as well as three straight Peachbelt Player of the Week honors.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Gaul enjoyed a successful collegiate and professional playing career. She spent a year and a half in Willstätt, Germany playing for SC Sand in the Allianz-Frauen Bundesliga Women’s First Division. She helped the team advance to the DFB Pokal Finale, the German Championship, as well as defeating the defending European Champion, VFL Wolfsburg, for the first time in club history. Gaul also spent a season playing for UMF Selfoss in Iceland, and was a part of the club’s first-ever top four finish and played in the Icelandic Championship Cup match.
Gaul was a three-year standout at the University of Texas, before concluding her collegiate career at Boston College. A two-time All-Big 12 selection, Gaul was selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s best player, watch list in 2010 and 2011. In her senior season at Boston College, she helped the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament and a victory over No. 1 Florida State.
She also has had six stints with the United States National team, as she was selected to the U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-20, and U-23 National Teams. In 2008, she was member of the US U-17 Women’s World Cup team that captured a second place finish in New Zealand.
Gaul has also honed her coaching skills with US National Team and ODP. She has worked at the US National Training Centers, and helped coach the Georgia ODP in Atlanta.
Originally from Naperville, Ill., Gaul earned her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and human development from Boston College, and will earn her master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State this May.

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