Tara Koleski begins her first season as head women's soccer coach at UMBC, becoming the sixth head coach in the program's 19-year history.
“I was excited to accept the position because of the chance to join the staff at UMBC,” Koleski said. “The staff is committed to building a successful women’s soccer program. I believe there is a talented group of players that already exists within the program, and I look forward to building upon that talent.”
Koleski comes to UMBC after three seasons at
Koleski was named the 2005 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and the Southeast Pennsylvania Coaches Association (SEPCA) Women’s College Coach of the Year.
In two seasons as head coach at
An All-American forward and outside midfielder at the
She then played professionally in
Koleski was also a member of the U.S. U-21 National Team in 1996-97 and was part of the full women’s national team pool in 2002.
Prior to joining the Gold Rams, Koleski served briefly as the head coach of the semi-professional Rochester Reign of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and she was a volunteer assistant coach at Villanova University (2002) and Swarthmore College (2003).
“Tara Koleski brings to our program a new energy that I believe will match our commitment to bring UMBC women’s soccer prominence on both the regional and national level,” Dr. Brown said. “As a former all-American at
Koleski has directed numerous camps and clinics throughout her career. She is the head coach for the Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program Under-14 team and on the ODP staff working with the Under-13 Region Team. She teaches USSF D courses for
A native of