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Tony Giro enters his second season as co-head coach of the UMBC women’s lacrosse program, after being hired in July of 2012.
Giro joined UMBC as a volunteer on the Retrievers’ staff for the 2009 season and was named assistant coach and defensive coordinator in July 2009. Giro served four seasons in that capacity before being promoted to co-head coach following the 2012 season.
In his first season as co-head coach, Giro helped to guide the Retrievers to their best start through nine games since 1986 by posting a 7-2 mark, however, UMBC battled a tough schedule, taking on four nationally-ranked opponents, to finish the season with an 8-8 record and narrowly missed out on the America East Tournament. Giro’s senior defender Jamie Fahey was named to the America East First Team, earning conference honors for the fourth consecutive season, as well as earning her first recognition on the league’s All-Academic Team.
In 2012, Giro’s defense saw two of its members receive conference recognition at season’s end for the second consecutive season, as Fahey earned an America East All-Conference selection and freshman goalkeeper Anna Barnett was named to the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Rookie Team.
In 2009, 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.
Under Giro’s leadership, UMBC’s defense once again ranked among the best in the nation in 2010 (11th) with an 8.89 goals-against average and also led the league with 9.39 caused turnovers per game, while Fahey became the first Retriever ever to be named America East Rookie of the Year and the first UMBC freshman to be recognized on an IWLCA All-Region team.
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. Giro served as the team’s defensive coordinator for two of the four seasons. The Vikings produced a 92-1 combined record during his four-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 (8), Jack (5) and Sam (2).