JUAN GALLEGOS | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH/GOALKEEPERS
Juan Gallegos enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Delta State University women's soccer team.
Gallegos came to Delta State in 2015 where he worked as the graduate assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers for Lady Statesmen soccer.
Previously, he served as the assistant women’s soccer coach for Findley University in Findley, Ohio and as the head coach of the girls U-10 Findlay Soccer Club in 2014.
Gallegos brings a wealth of playing experience to Delta State, starting 30 games over two seasons for NAIA Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Prior to Union, he played for Danville (Ill.) Area Community College (2011), and Kankakee (Ill.) Community College (2010) in Kankakee, Illinois.
Before his collegiate playing days, Gallegos spent the summer of 2011 training with the U-23 D.C. United reserve squad and club soccer for the Blooming Club in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from 2006-2010.
The Santa Cruz, Bolivia, native received his Bachelors degree in international business and business administration from Union College in 2014.
SHAUNA GRIFFIN | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
Shauna Griffin enters her first season as a graduate assistant for the Delta State women's soccer team.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Griffin brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to Lady Statesmen soccer.
She coached the Tallaght Community School high school soccer team from 2006-2011 and served as the physical education coach for the Tallaght Community School Summer Camp in 2012 and 2013. Griffin holds a license in coaching for ages 6-12 from FAI soccer and was the U4 soccer CYSA coach for the fall of 2014.
Griffin began her collegiate soccer career in the United States playing two seasons for Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where she garnered All-Region, All-Conference, and All-Academic Team honors.
She later transferred to Columbus State University for the 2014 season where she was a member of the Lady Cougars’ 2014 PBC Conference Champion, 2014 PBC Conference Tournament Champions and NCAA Southeast Region champions 2014, and made it to the 2014 NCAA Elite 8.
She transferred to Francis Marion University in 2015 to complete her final year of collegiate soccer and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in the summer of 2016.
Griffin is also a leader off the pitch. She volunteered on a regular basis taking part in community projects at Columbus State and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. She assisted with the Georgia Science Olympiad in 2014 and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society.
Currently, Griffin is studying for her Master’s degree in Sport and Human Performance, while assisting with the Lady Statesmen soccer team.
DAISY SIMMS | STUDENT ASSISTANT COACH
Daisy Simms enters her first season as a student assistant coach for the Delta State women's soccer team.
A native of Portsmouth, England, Simms has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old. In England, she played in the Southern Premier League for Portsmouth Ladies FC and for the county of Hampshire.
She moved to America in 2012 and began her freshman year of college at at the University of Science and Arts in Oklahoma. In 2013, she transferred to Jacksonville College in Texas where she broke the records for fastest goal scored in school history, fastest Hatrick scored, most goals in a game (5) and made the all region team. Simms transferred to Delta State in August 2014 to play for the Lady Statesmen.
Simms, who is also the assistant soccer coach at Bayou Academy, will graduate from DSU in December 2016. She hopes to further her studies by earning her master's degree at Delta State while continuing to coach soccer.