Lauren Arnold was named an assistant coach for the Ball State soccer program in April 2016.
Arnold came to Muncie after two seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb in the Big South Conference. She worked primarily with the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ goalkeepers and defense during her time in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Her playing career included collegiate stops at Clemson and South Alabama in addition to high school all-America recognition and a three-year run with the U.S. Youth National Team.
Arnold mentored Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Krista Chauvin, who ranked second in the Big South in saves in 2014 and was named the league’s defensive player of the week three times. Freshman Keeley Brown took over as the GWU goalkeeper in 2015 and registered five shutouts under Arnold’s guidance.
A native of Hoover, Alabama, Arnold played two years at both Clemson (2010-2011) and South Alabama (2012-2013). She led ACC in saves during her freshman season with 87, a total that was high enough to place her sixth on Clemson’s career saves list after just one year. Arnold played in 28 games over two seasons with the Tigers before transferring to South Alabama. There she was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team in 2012 and helped the Jaguars win the league championship in 2013.
She holds both USSF and NSCAA licensure and also spent time working with the North Carolina Olympic Development (ODP) staff.