Alex Shinsky joins Temple men’s soccer staff as Assistant Coach
PHILADELPHIA (Via Temple University) – Alex Shinsky, who comes to Temple after a two-year stint on the Army coaching staff, has been named assistant coach of the Temple men’s soccer team by head coach Brian Rowland.
Shinsky, who helped coach the Black Knights to the conference final last season for the first time in over 20 years, also brings an impressive playing background to North Broad to help lift the program to new heights.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Alex to our program,” said Rowland. “Alex is a tremendous young coach whose soccer philosophy is very much in line with what we are building here at Temple. I have known Alex for many years, having coached him at Maryland during his college career, he is a winner, a competitor, and a leader. Alex has achieved a lot of success at all levels of soccer in our country, and he will bring this experience to our program and be a real asset and role model to our student athletes. I look forward to Alex’s contributions to our program, and know he will make an immediate impact.”
With the Black Knights, Shinsky served as a volunteer assistant coach beginning in July of 2017 and was promoted to assistant coach in January of 2018. He worked directly with an offense that ranked third in the Patriot League in shots (274) and first in shots on goal per game (6.12) in 2017.
“I’d like to thank Russell Payne and the entire West Point community for giving me the opportunity to coach at an amazing institution for the past two seasons,” said Shinsky. “As a Pennsylvania native, I am very excited to be returning home to join a great staff and program at Temple University. I am looking forward to contributing on and off of the field as the program continues to grow under Coach Rowland’s guidance. The program, from top to bottom, has all of the pieces in place to be national contenders and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the process.”
Shinsky, a 2014 graduate of Maryland, joined the Black Knights after a solid playing career at both the amateur and professional levels. He was drafted in the fourth round (68th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire and spent much of his professional career with the USL professional club Arizona United.
At Maryland, Shinsky was a part of a Terrapins team that won the 2014 Big Ten Championship and the 2013 and 2012 ACC Championships. Maryland also ended the 2013 season as the NCAA Division I national finalists, while participating in the NCAA College Cup during the 2014 and 2012 seasons as well.
Shinsky was named a team captain during his senior campaign and garnered All-Big Ten First Team honors. He closed out his career with 64 games played, 18 games started, two goals and nine assists.
Prior to joining the Terrapins, Shinsky was named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s No. 1-rated recruit in 2011 and the No. 2-ranked recruit in the nation by College Soccer News. He also spent time with the U17 U.S. National Team, where he competed and scored a goal against Malawi in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Nigeria.
In high school at West York Area, he was a Pennsylvania all-state selection all four years and a Senior Parade All-American from 2009-2011.
Prior to Army, Shinsky spent time as the Tournament Director for Elite Tournaments, where he was responsible for recruiting teams, scheduling, and tournament management.
A four-year letter winner, he graduated from Maryland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.