Michelle Salmon enters her fourth year as the Retriever head coach. A former All-American at Maryland, Salmon served as UMBC's assistant coach in 1999 before being appointed head coach prior to the 2000 season.
In her first year at UMBC, the Retrievers finished 6-9-3, and failed to qualify for the Northeast Conference Tournament. Although a hard working group, the team simply could not generate the offensive firepower needed to win close games. In 2001, however, the Retrievers made an impressive turnaround by transforming themselves into NEC Finalists, finishing the year at 11-6-2 (9-3 NEC).
As a coach who is able to get players to adapt to her system, Salmon brings a terrific background to the program. She captained the Terrapins from 1997 through 1998, and led the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1995, 1996, and 1997. In 1996, she was selected as a pre-season All-American candidate, and finished her outstanding career as the Terrapins' second all-time leader in assists. She also participated on the United States Olympic Festival squad in 1998, and represented the United States as a member of the Under-20 National team from 1993-1995, as well as the Under 16 Team in 1991. Salmon, who was a high school All-American at Old Mill, still holds the Anne Arundel County scoring record with 90 goals and 15 assists.
"The best part about this team is when you see them off the field. These players love being around each other. UMBC is a very good environment to play for - not just athletically and socially, but academically," said Salmon.
She has made it clear that academics are extremely important for her players and has set a goal of making her program synonymous with combining success on the field as well as in the classroom. "I want our players and all of our future players to realize what a special place UMBC is. Our institution is an extremely friendly place in a great location. Professors get to know the students and the school does a tremendous job of helping kids obtain jobs after they graduate. Gaining a degree from UMBC speaks volumes. This school has a great reputation and it's only getting better."