Furness promoted to associate head coach – LSU

Baton Rouge, The. –LSU football coach Seb Furness has been promoted to associate head coach ahead of the 2022 season, head coach Sian Hudson announced Thursday.

“Seb has been integral to our success since joining LSU and I’m thrilled to promote him to associate head coach,” Hudson said. “He has helped raise the standard of the team through his recruitment efforts, signing fantastic players both domestically and abroad. His work with our goalkeepers and our defensive unit has been a key factor as we move forward into the NCAA Tournament in 2021. Seb has an excellent tactical eye for the game, and I look forward to seeing his progression on the court as he expands his influence through our model of play. truly embodies our program culture and team standards in everything he does and I am thrilled to see him embrace and thrive in his new role.

Furness was a vital staff member as an assistant coach during his first two years at Baton Rouge. He worked with LSU’s goaltenders and defensive unit while playing a key role in opponent scouts and game analysis. During the Furness era, the Tigers amassed a 19-16-2 record and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2021.

Furness’ impact was felt immediately as LSU had six shutouts in the 2020-21 season, including five in its last eight games played. Transfer Mollee Swift has occupied the net for most of the season and has recorded a GAA of 0.95 in 17 games played to go along with 80 saves and a save percentage of 0.833. She ranked in the top four for SEC goaltenders in GAA, saves, and save percentage. Swift’s 0.95 goals against average was the sixth-lowest in LSU single-season history.

Swift continued her progression in goal with the Tigers as she played a part in eight shutouts for the Tigers in 20 total games in 2021; six of those shutouts were solo and the other two were combined. She was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on 1 September 2021, having conceded just one goal in 180 minutes of play against 15th USF and 19th UCF the previous week; the Tigers won both of those games.

Swift finished the 2021 season ranked third in the SEC in saves (81) and fourth in save percentage (.771) and saves per game (4.05). She made a season-high nine saves in LSU’s tie against Georgia in the first round of the SEC Tournament. His shutouts came against Sam Houston, No. 19 UCF, UL-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia. The game against Kentucky was Swift’s spectacle as she earned the shutout and scored a penalty kick to give LSU a 1-0 road win.

“I first want to thank my wife and family for their support in my coaching journey,” Furness said. “To Sian and Dan Gaston also for their continued support of my growth as a coach and for entrusting me with this role. I am incredibly grateful to be at LSU with this group of players, staff and administration. It’s a privilege to have been a small part of LSU’s history thus far and it’s an exciting time to be involved in the future of this program and the athletic department.

The Tigers are 14 days away from the 2022 season opener when the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks head to LSU Football Stadium at 6:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 18.

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