Tony Giro, who spent the 2009 season as a volunteer on the Retrievers’ staff, was named assistant coach and defensive coordinator at UMBC in July 2009.
“I’m excited about having Tony on staff,” head coach Kelly Berger said. “I feel he has many different contributions to make to this program, and I know he has the drive to make UMBC what it needs to be.”
Last season, Giro assisted primarily on the defensive end, 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.
Giro has also served as the head coach for one of the premier club lacrosse programs in the country, Maryland and D.C. 2010 Black, since 2004, leading the squad to four straight Galaxy National Championship games, with titles in each of the last two seasons.
Prior to UMBC, Giro was part of the coaching staff that led the
Giro was also the defensive coordinator for the Under Armour All-America South Team in 2006 and 2007.
“I’m honored that Kelly has brought me back to be a part of UMBC women’s lacrosse,” Giro said. “We’re looking forward to making this program a point of pride for the university and the community.”
Giro was a four-year varsity letterwinner in baseball at