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Shigeyoshi "Sugar" Shinohara
Arizona State University head women's soccer coach Graham Winkworth announced the appointment of Shigeyoshi 'Sugar' Shinohara as assistant coach on the Sun Devil soccer staff in Januaray of 2017.
"I'm very excited to bring Coach Shinohara to ASU to work with me," Winkworth said. "To get to work with your best friend is amazing in itself, but to get to work with your best friend when they are as gifted as Sugar is a whole new level.
"I have known Sugar for many years now. He is an extremely talented coach who loves the game to be played in a beautiful way, which matches my philosophy. Sugar is so loyal to anyone he works with and his passion and work ethic is second to none. I cannot wait for the team to enjoy his exciting style on the pitch. I have to thank his wife Arin for supporting his dream and moving across the country to join the Sun Devil soccer program."
Shinohara joined Winkworth's staff from Brevard College (Brevard, North Carolina) where he spent the last 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).
"I feel absolutely honored and privileged for the opportunity to work at such a great academic institution and program," Shinohara said. "I have known Graham since the beginning of my collegiate soccer career and have had the chance to get to know him very well. It is because of this time together that I have so much respect for him as a friend, father, and a coach.
"Having the opportunity to join Graham in coaching the Sun Devil women's soccer program is a dream come true for me. I am excited to begin the next phase of my career with a great coach and the dedicated team and staff at ASU."
In his only season leading the men's program, Shinohara led Brevard to its best season since joining the NCAA, as it finished 8-8-3. Included among the achievements was one of the biggest upsets in program history when it defeated eventual 2016 NCAA Division II national champions Wingate 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament.
Under Shinohara's direction 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 the Brevard Athletics Department.
Prior to assuming the reins at Brevard, Shinohara served as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo from 2005-09 under head coach Patricia Hughes. During his time at UM, Shinohara was heavily involved in recruiting and the overall operation of the women's soccer program. At UM Shinohara was part of a staff that led the women's soccer team to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and the Gulf South Conference Tournament title in 2007. UM was also a Gulf South Conference Tournament finalist in 2008.
Shinohara started his coaching career in Yamaguchi, Japan where he was the assistant for the Seiki Football Club of a group aged 10-16 from 1994-2001. From there he moved to the United Soccer Academy where he was responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations as well as being a full-time coach where he coached one-on-one sessions with youth players whose ages ranged from 3-18.
In addition to his collegiate work, Shinohara was a member of both the Alabama Olympic Developmental Program (2005-09) and the North Carolina Olympic Developmental Program (2009-16). In that role he was responsible for evaluating and training players as well as coaching in spring and summer camps in the district and state.
Shinohara holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and an Advanced National Diploma as well as the F.A. Coaching License and the UEFA "B" Award International Coaching License from the Football Association in England. Most recently he also added a National B License and a National Youth License from the U.S. Soccer Federation.
After spending four seasons as an assistant coach for the University of South Alabama soccer program, Jo Chubb has been tabbed by head Arizona State soccer coach Graham Winkworth to serve in the same role in Tempe.
Chubb joined Winkworth and his South Alabama staff in 2013 as a graduate assistant shortly after a distinguished playing career under Winkworth at North Alabama.
"I am delighted to bring Jo with me to ASU," Winkworth said. "'Chubby' is a wonderful coach and fantastic person. It was crucial that I had somebody on staff that the girls can relate closely with and she is the perfect person for this."
Chubb played a large role in the South Alabama offense exploding for a league-high 54 goals, 55 assists and 163 points in 2013, totals that at the time ranked fourth, third and fourth, respectively, in school history.
The Jaguars led the conference in all six offensive categories and placed in the top 20 in the nation in goals (18th), assists (6th) and points per match (12th).
Two players, Lauren Allison and Clarissa Hernandez, ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in goals, assists and points, with Allison leading the league in all three categories en route to SBC Freshman and Offensive Player of the Year honors. Allison's season earned a spot in the top five in three of South Alabama's single-season categories: third in points (43), tied for second in goals (16) and fifth in assists (11), while ranking 12th, 25th and 28th, respectively, in the nation in those categories.
The offense was able to improve on those numbers in 2014 as the Jaguars paced the conference in points (184) and goals (68), ranking seventh and fifth in the nation, respectively. The team's goals and points totals were both second in South Alabama history, the 68 goals were one shy of the school record.
Freshmen Chardé Hannah and Rio Hardy both ranked in the top three in the Sun Belt in points and goals, and in the top five in assists. Hannah became the second consecutive Jaguar to earn the league's freshman and offensive player of the year, and her goal (20) and point (47) totals were second in school history.
Faced with a much-tougher schedule in 2015, South Alabama still paced the Sun Belt in all six offensive categories with 61 goals, 56 assists and 178 points, all of which rank in the top three in the school record books.
Chubb and Winkworth continued their success offensively in 2016, as the Jaguars carded a league high in both goals (41) and shots (352) en route to an impressive 1.86 goals per game clip that also ranked first the Sun Belt.
Chubb played four seasons under Winkworth at North Alabama, each season earning all-South Region designation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Before her collegiate career with the Lions, Chubb played for Reading FC Women from 2006-09, helping lead the fledgling program to a Southern Region Premier Division title in its first year of existence. The club gained promotion to the premier levels of women's football the following season after an unbeaten campaign saw the outfit win the South West Combination League to become South West England Champions.
Prior to her term at Reading FC, Chubb attended Chelsea Football Club's Girls' Center for Excellence from 2002-06.
At UNA, Chubb was four times named to the all-Gulf South Conference first team, twice named all-GSC Tournament and, in 2012, she was named GSC Tournament MVP. In 2011, she was named Academic All-GSC.
As a player, Chubb was paramount for the Lions over a four-year span that saw the squad make four NCAA Regional appearances and claim the program's first-ever GSC Tournament title.
Chubb received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from North Alabama in May 2013 and earned a master's degree from South Alabama in health education in May 2015. She holds USSF E and D Coaching Licenses, USSF Goalkeeping Licenses 1 and 2 and an AHSAA Referee certificate. From September 2012 until her appointment at South Alabama, Chubb served as an Olympic Development Program coach in Decatur, Ala.
Witsaman joined the staff in April 2019 with three years of prior coaching experience. In the 2018 season, she was with Grand Canyon where she coached a WAC All-Freshman player and the team to an 11-17 overall record. Before GCU, she coached at Upper Iowa, where the Peacocks had a historic 21-9 year. She also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Heidelberg University where the Berg reached the NCAA tournament in both seasons.
In addition to coaching experience, Witsaman has a lot of playing experience. She was a four-year player at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. In her senior season, she was named to the America East All-Conference First Team as a middle blocker after finishing the year with the second-best hitting percentage in the league (.295). That same year, she led her team to a second-place finish at the American East Tournament. She finished her career ranked sixth in program history in block assists and tenth in total blocks.
Witsaman is from Medina, Ohio and graduated from Medina High School before attending UMBC. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Heidelberg and is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class 43.