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.
“Tony has many different contributions to make to this program, and I know he has the drive to make UMBC what it needs to be,” head coach Kelly Berger said.
Under Giro’s leadership, UMBC’s defense ranked 11th in the nation in 2010 with an 8.89 goals-against average and also led the league with 9.39 caused turnovers per game, while freshman defender Jamie Fahey became the first Retriever ever to be named America East Rookie of the Year.
In 2009, Giro 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.
Giro also served as the head coach for one of the premier club lacrosse programs in the country,
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.
“I’m honored that Kelly has kept me 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