Lauryn Pehanich
Lauryn Pehanich
Phone: (657) 278-4053
Previous College: Cal State Fullerton '07
Position: Assistant Coach (5th Season)

Former Cal State Fullerton standout midfielder Lauryn Pehanichreturns to the sidelines for her fifth season as an assistant coachwith the Titans on Head Coach Demian Brown’s staff.

Pehanich, nee Welch, was a four-year starter for the Titans from2003-06, and is currently in the fourth year of her second stint onthe sidelines at Titan Stadium. She served as an assistant coach onthe sidelines for Fullerton’s 2007 campaign and returned toher alma mater prior to the 2009 season after spending time playingin Germany in the 2nd Bundesliga for FC Guetersloh 2000 in2008.

A three-time All-Big West selection, Welch started all 73matches in her career until a knee injury cut short her seniorseason in 2006 after 11 matches. She finished her career rankedseventh on the school’s points list (46) and was tied forsixth with 17 goals. Her 12 career assists rank tied for ninthall-time while her six game-winning goals are tied for third in thehistory of the program.

Welch experienced her best season offensively as a junior in2005, helping the Titans to the third round of the NCAA Tournamentand leading the team in scoring with nine goals and four assists.After earning All-Big West First-Team honors that season, Welchbecame the first Fullerton player to be named the Big WestTournament MVP after scoring three goals to help the Titans to thecrown.

Despite missing 11 matches as a senior, Welch ranked second onthe team in scoring with five goals and two assists and was namedto the All-Big West Second Team as well as an NSCAA Scholar-Athletefor her work in the classroom.

“I am so excited to be back in blue and orange,”Welch said. “I have such a passion for this game and there isnowhere else I would rather be coaching than at Cal StateFullerton.”

Welch is currently the head coach for the GU12 Bronze squad forAC Brea and has also coached with the Fullerton Rangers as well asthe Troy HS varsity and junior varsity squads. She graduated fromCal State Fullerton with a degree in kinesiology in 2007 and alsoreceived her master’s in sport psychology in 2010 from CalState Fullerton.

Pehanich and her husband, Joe, were married in June of 2012 andcurrently reside in Long Beach.