Michelle Salmon enters her fifth year as the Retriever head coach. A former All-American at
During her first year at UMBC, the Retrievers finished
This year, Salmon brings in ten newcomers for a total 17 underclassmen in the squad. Still, she believes that youth should not be mistaken for inexperience. “Not only do many of these players have a season under their belt, but they know what it feels like to be in the conference tournament,” she said. “The upperclassmen’s leadership taken with the newcomers’ talents should allow us to be an improved team.”
Currently, Salmon is a senior regional staff member of the United States Youth Soccer Association, where she helps evaluate players’ development and impact on the regional scene. This past summer, she also served as the Assistant Coach for the United States Soccer Foundation’s Under-15 “Developmental” National Team, and analyzed and evaluated the nation’s best talent during games and practice sessions.
Salmon also brings plenty of playing experience to the UMBC program. From 1997 through 1998, she captained the Maryland Terrapins, and led them to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995, 1996, and 1997. In 1996, she was selected as a pre-season All-American candidate, and later finished her outstanding career as the Terrapins' second all-time leader in assists. Furthermore, she 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