Ashley O'Brien Heidelberger
Heidelberger joins the Bulldogs after a two-year stint at the University of Hawaii, where she helped the Rainbow Wahine to a nine-win season in 2016 which was the most since 2007. The seven-win improvement from 2015 to 2016 was the fifth best in Division I. Her 2017 season on the Pacific island also saw the team's first road win against a Pac-12 opponent since 2013. She was responsible for the team's defensive unit while managing the team's recruiting and preparing scouting reports and tactical strategies for each opponent.
In 2017, that shut out Arizona State and Idaho State in back to back games and held teams to one goal or fewer in 10 of its 17 games. A year prior, her defense shut out seven opponents, including three straight games, and held another five to just one goal. She had two players receive All-Big West honors, with Storm Kenui earning second-team accolades and T.J. Reyno receiving honorable mention honors.
Prior to her time at Hawaii, she served as an assistant coach under Phil Pincince at Brown for two seasons and was with the Bears in 2014, the same time Bryant head coach Andy Biggs served as an assistant with the men's program. Heidelberger orchestrated a defensive unit that helped Brown finish third in the Ivy League in 2015 and had six All-Ivy League players in her two seasons with the Bears.
Before her time at Brown, she was an assistant at the University of Idaho, where she was responsible for creating practice plans, recruiting efforts and organizing team travel. She assisted the Vandals during their Western Athletic Conference semifinal appearance in 2011 and coached four All-WAC players, three of which made the first team.
Just like her coaching career, Heidelberger's playing career featured stints on both coasts of the country, starting at the University of Connecticut from 2005 to 2008. There, she was part of the Huskies' team that made the Elite Eight in 2007 and was named to the All-Big East Tournament Team in 2008. She then joined the University of San Francisco in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, earning team Defensive MVP honors in 2009 and was named captain and All-West Coast Conference in 2010.
She also was an outstanding track athlete for the Huskies and Dons, formerly holding the 4x800 relay school record at UConn and the 800 meter school record at San Francisco, where she also won the WCC title in that event.
Heidelberger graduated with a BA in Business from UConn and an MA in Sport Management from San Francisco and currently holds a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. She will complete the US Soccer "B" License in the Spring of 2018.