The Friars have started the season with a 3-0-1 record.
Brian Ainscough enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Friar soccer program. Ainscough, who was appointed to the position on April 16, 1995, became only the second head coach in the history of the College?s soccer program. In his first season at PC, he guided the Friars to a 2-16 mark, which included the team's first BIG EAST victory since 1992. In 1996, Ainscough continued his rebuilding effort as the squad posted a 6-8-4 record. Included in the team's impressive record in 1996 was a win against fourth-ranked Rhode Island and a tie with fifth-ranked Rutgers.
Last season, Ainscough led the team to one of its best seasons ever. With a 9-9-1 record, it marked the first time the Friars earned nine victories in a season since 1987. It also was the first time PC finished .500 or better since 1990. More significantly, the 1998 squad will be remembered as the first Friar soccer team to finish with a winning record in BIG EAST Conference action. PC's 6-4-1 league mark earned the squad a fifth-place finish and a berth in the BIG EAST Playoffs for the first time since 1987.
Ainscough, known as one of the best young coaches in New England, has used patience and diligent coaching to develop the Friars into one of the up-and-coming teams in the BIG EAST. In his four seasons at PC, he has had three players earn All-BIG EAST accolades and three players named to the All-Rookie Team. Last season, John Costigan and Michael Eisenhut were named to the All-BIG EAST squad, while Kempes Corbally received Rookie Team honors.
Ainscough joined the Providence College Athletic Department following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Boston College. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Villanova University in 1991 before joining his former college coach, Ed Kelly, at Boston College in 1992.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Ainscough played for the 1983 Irish National Team before coming to the United States to attend Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.) University. A 1987 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson, Ainscough earned All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honors in each of his four seasons. Following his college career, he was a first round draft choice in the Major Indoor Soccer League?s annual draft. Ainscough played five years in the American Professional Soccer League for the New Jersey Eagles, Penn-Jersey Spirits and Boston Bolts, earning APSL All-Star honors in 1988, 1989, 1990.
The 34-year-old head coach is married to the former Victoria Govatsos, who graduated in 1984 from Providence College where she was a member of the varsity tennis team. Brian and Victoria are the proud parents of two sons, Alexander and Nicholas. The family resides in Canton, Massachusetts.