Tony Giro and Amy Appelt Named Co-Head Coaches of UMBC Women's Lacrosse Program
“This is a unique situation, but Tony and Amy complement each other so well that I felt it was absolutely the right way to go,” Dr. Brown said. “I see nothing but great things for this program as we move forward. Our goal is to be a nationally-ranked program and one that competes for the America East title every year.”
Giro, who just completed his fourth season, was named assistant coach and defensive coordinator at UMBC in July 2009. In 2009, he assisted primarily on the defensive end, as well, developing game plans and schemes for practices and games. UMBC’s backfield led the America East and ranked 12th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (10.9) and ranked second in the conference in scoring defense with a 9.88 goals-against average, nearly a three-goal improvement from 2008.
Prior to UMBC, Giro was part of the coaching staff that led the Mt. Hebron High School girls’ lacrosse team to four consecutive Maryland State Championships and a No. 1 national ranking from 2003-06, and he served as the team’s defensive coordinator for two of the four seasons. The Vikings produced a 92-1 combined record during his five-year tenure.
Giro was also the defensive coordinator for the Under Armour All-America South Team in 2006 and 2007.
Giro was a four-year varsity letterwinner in baseball at High Point University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2000. He currently lives in Ellicott City, Md., with his wife, Rebecca, their three sons, Brooks (6), Jack (4) and Sam, who arrived in February of 2012.
"First and foremost, it is a great honor to work in the lacrosse capital of the universe, especially at UMBC,” Giro said.” To then be named 'co'- anything with Amy Appelt makes this opportunity even more amazing. Not only is Amy lacrosse royalty, but she is a tireless worker who gives her time and energy to this great game like no one else. Moreover, her commitment to the young women UMBC is unparalleled and she instills a sense of passion and pride in the team that cannot be measured.”
This university is world-class and our women's lacrosse program should be as well. Amy, our amazing student-athletes, the many people who help our girls on a daily basis and I will work relentlessly to make it happen.”
Appelt, who won the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy and led the University of Virginia to a national championship in 2004, joined the UMBC women’s lacrosse staff in August 2009 and just completed her third season with the Retrievers. She was a four-time All-American at Virginia, where she set school records for career goals (258) and points (373) and ranks second in career assists (115). Her goals and points totals are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA Division I record books, and she set an NCAA record by scoring a goal in 66 straight games.
Appelt became the first Cavalier to win the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s best player in 2004, when she led the NCAA in scoring with 90 goals – also a school record – and 121 points, and those totals still rank in the top 10 in Division I history.
The native of Garden City, N.Y., has received a number of accolades, including 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, 2002 Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year, 2004 ACC Player of the Year, 2004 IWLCA Player of the Year, 2004 and 2005 Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Year and the 2004 Honda Award.
Appelt is also a three-time All-ACC selection and earned spots on the 2004 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2004 and 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Teams, as well as the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2005 and spent the 2007 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia, helping to guide her alma mater to the NCAA title game, where the Cavaliers fell to Northwestern, 15-13. She was a part of the U.S. National Team from 2002-09 and was a member of the 2005 World Cup training team.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named co- head coach with Tony. Not only has he devoted countless hours to the UMBC lacrosse program, but he is one of the smartest coaches in the game,” Appelt said. “I have such a great respect for him. His drive, ambition and passion to take this program to the next level are contagious.”
Tony and I are extremely lucky to be surrounded by such passionate student-athletes, as well as the many people in the UMBC community who devote time and energy to making UMBC and its lacrosse program the best it can be. This is a great opportunity and we cannot wait to play lacrosse."
The 2012 UMBC women’s lacrosse team reached the four-team America East Conference Tournament for the third consecutive year. The Retrievers finished the campaign with a record of 8-9 and defeated a pair of nationally ranked teams along the way. UMBC edged eventual league champion No. 13 Albany (8-5) on March 24 and wrapped up the regular season with a 7-6 win over No. 19 Johns Hopkins on April 25.
The team posted the best grade-point average of any of the seven America East squads, recording a mark of 3.21.