Scott Pirnstill is entering his fourth season at the helm of the V-Hawk women's soccer program. Pirnstill was familiar with the V-Hawk program prior to taking over as head coach in 2009 as he first served for Viterbo College (University) as a Men's team scout. During Fall 2001 to Spring 2009 Pirnstill was the Assistant coach for the Viterbo University Women's program. Pirnstill also helped start the first ever Viterbo University Futsal program in the area which has grown to over 450 players.
During his time as an assistant, the V-Hawks won their first ever Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships in 2006 and 2007. The V-Hawks also advanced to the NAIA Region VII tournament both of those seasons including a trip to the regional final four in 2006.
Outside of Viterbo, Pirnstill has an extensive resume of playing and coaching experience. As a player, Pirnstill was selected to Wisconsin ODP U-16 and U-17 State teams and played club soccer with Racine United (Wis.). He then went on to play at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Pirnstill has an equally extensive coaching history. Coach Pirnstill has had an enormous impact on the development and growth of competitive soccer in the Coulee Region. Over the last 18 years he has compiled a diverse coaching resume including, Onalaska's Park and Recreation soccer program (U14 boys), Onalaska Soccer Club (U15 boys), Winona Youth Soccer Association Club (U14 girls), and CRM Lightning club (U14, 15, 16, 17 girls). During his 4 year stint coaching with CRM Lightning, Pirnstill's teams qualified for the state tournament 4 times, earning one 2nd place finish and one state championship going undefeated the entire season and tournament. Pirnstill also served as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for CRM Lightning from 2003 to 2009. Pirnstill is currently coaching the CRM Lightning U13 boys team.
In addition to coaching club soccer, Pirnstill also served as a staff coach for the Olympic Development Program. He coached the 91' Minnesota girl's pool team and has also participated as a Minnesota ODP District Select coach for 4 years. Last summer coach Pirnstill served at the 96 girls Dakota ODP Head Coach.
He coached high school soccer in the La Crosse area for 3 years as well. He coached the La Crosse Central boys JV (1994) and more recently the West Salem High School girl's varsity team (2008-2009, 2012).
Coach Pirnstill has amassed an impressive list of coaching certifications and licenses. His current qualifications include NSCAA National, Advanced National and Premier Licenses. He also holds NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I & II Diplomas as well as various other NSCAA Special Topics Diplomas.
Pirnstill graduated in 1996 from UW-La Crosse with degrees in biology and chemistry. Pirnstill lives in La Crosse where he also works as an outside medical sales representative.
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Shannon Wickstrom is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Viterbo University women's soccer team. Wickstrom joined the V-Hawks staff after playing for the V-Hawks from 2006-2008.
A three year starter for the V-Hawks, Wickstrom started 55 games for the V-Hawks and finished her career with 27 goals and 18 assists. The 18 assists are fifth most in school history. She was named first team all conference as a senior and was apart of the V-Hawk squad that went undefeated in conference play and won the MCC title in 2006. Wickstrom played her freshman season at St. Cloud State University.
Wickstrom graduated in May of 2010 with a degree in elementary education and resides in La Crosse, Wis.
Ashley Knutson embarks on her second season as an assistant coach for the V-Hawk women's soccer program in 2012.
Knutson joined the V-Hawk staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Cardinal Stritch University. At CSU, Knutson helped lead the Wolves to their first Chicagoland Athletic Conference tournament since the 2003 season. She also has been on the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program Staff since 2008 where she helps conduct development training sessions across the state. Knutson began her coaching career in 204 when she coached the Wisconsin Rapids Kickers. In her four years with this team, Knutson helped lead them to four league championships, 11 tournament championships and finished ruunners up in an additional four tournament appearances.
Knutson holds a USSF C Coaching License and an NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.