Amy (Appelt) Slade enters her fourth season at the helm of the Retrievers. Slade served as a co-head coach for her first two seasons at the head of the program after being hired as an assistant coach in July of 2012.
Slade has posted a 23-27 record while serving at UMBC’s head coach. In 2015, she guided the Retrievers back to the America East Championships for the first time since 2012 and the seventh time since joining the league. UMBC had five players finish with 20-or-more goals, while two added double-digit assists. Senior Abby Wilson earned America East All-Conference Second Team hnors after leading the team in goals and points. Freshman Tianna Wallpher earned a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team, while classmate Caitlin Miller matched the program’s single-season draw control record.
In her first season at the helm of the Retrievers, Appelt and Giro guided 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 missing out on the America East Tournament. Appelt had a pair of her midfielders earn America East postseason honors, with junior Kristen Bilney being named to the All-Conference First Team and sophomore Alyssa Semones being named to the Second Team.
Appelt spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Retrievers, prior to being named co-head coach. In her first campaign on the staff, UMBC posted its best season since 2002, with an 11-7 overall mark and its first-ever trip to the America East title game. In 2011, the Retrievers replicated their success, posting an 11-7 overall mark and knocking off defending champion Boston University in the semifinals, before falling to Albany in the championship game.
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 andwomenslacrosse.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.