February 25, 2011

Williams, Osit Join UMBC Women’s Soccer Staff

BALTIMORE—UMBC head women's soccer coach Alyssa Radu today announced that Tiffany Williams and Josh Osit have joined the Retriever staff as assistant coaches.

Williams returns to college coaching after spending the last three years as an account representative and territory manager at Moulding & Millwork. Radu's college teammate at Rutgers, Williams spent three seasons on Radu's staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology, including a record-setting 2005 campaign, when the Highlanders earned their first-ever postseason berth, advancing to the six-team ECAC Division II Tournament.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to reconnect and work with Tiffany," Radu said. "She brings a high level of experience both as a top-level student-athlete at Rutgers and as a coach at the Division I level. I'm very fortunate to have someone with her intelligence and experience on staff as we work to take this program to the next level. She has been successful at everything she has been involved in, and that is exactly what we know she will bring to the UMBC women's soccer program."

Williams began her coaching career as an undergraduate at Rutgers when her playing career ended prematurely in 2001 due to an injury.

As a player, Williams was a part of the Eastern Pennsylvania ODP for seven years, including three years on the Region I team and a year in the national pool. She was part of five state cup championships and a regional finals appearance. In addition, Williams was a 1998 high school All-American at Downingtown High School in Pennsylvania, and she also played for FC DELCO, one of the top club teams in the country, and was later inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.

"I am extremely excited to return to college soccer and to reunite with Coach Radu," Williams said. "Our vision for this program is to excel and reach national prominence. Part of the reason I decided to get back into the college game is to help contribute to the student-athlete's overall development. I believe in following your passion, and this opportunity has allowed me to do just that. I would like to thank (athletics director) Dr. Charles Brown, Coach Radu and the rest of the UMBC athletics staff for this opportunity. I look forward to working with all of them."

Williams earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers in 2004.

A former collegiate goalkeeper, Osit will work primarily with the Retrievers' goalies. After playing his freshman season of 2004 at UMBC, the New Jersey native transferred to NJIT, where he finished his playing career as a two-year starter for the Highlanders.

"We are very excited to have Josh join the staff," Radu said. "He brings a lot of energy and passion. He will primarily be responsible for our goalkeeper development. He has played the position at the Division I level, and now as a coach he will look to share his experience with the team and specifically the goalkeepers. I was fortunate to see Josh develop as an undergrad, and now to have him come on board and help build this program is exciting. I look forward to having him on staff and helping him develop as a coach."

Osit has served as a coach of Plantation (Fla.) Eagles FC, Newark Academy Middle School and the Jersey Knights Soccer Club, his own club team. As a player, he led the Knights to three straight New Jersey state cups, the 2003 Region 1 finals and a top-10 national ranking.

"I am thrilled about joining the women's soccer coaching staff at UMBC," Osit said. "UMBC is a tremendous institution, and I am looking forward to working with Coach Radu and Coach Williams. This is a great opportunity for me to work with quality Division I student-athletes and learn from two excellent and experienced coaches."

Osit earned his bachelor's degree in history from NJIT in 2009.