Michelle Salmon enters her sixth 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.
During her first year at UMBC, the Retrievers finished 6-9-3 and failed to qualify for the Northeast Conference Tournament. However, in 2001, the Retrievers made an impressive turnaround by transforming themselves into NEC Finalists, finishing the year at 11-6-2 and second in the league. A similar turnaround was apparent in 2003 when UMBC bounced back from a 5-11-1 record in their last season in the Northeast Conference to a 7-8-1 record and a playoff berth during their first year in the America East. Salmon coached the Retrievers to an 8-10 record last season and missed the post-season, but with a strong recruiting class after losing only two starters, she is confident they can return to the conference tournament in 2005.
A USSF ‘A’ license coach, 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. She also has been the assistant coach of the United States Under-15 National Team for the past two years and currently serves as the USYSA Under-16 regional team assistant coach.
Salmon also brings plenty of playing experience to the UMBC program. She captained the Maryland Terrapins in 1997 and 1998, and she led them to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1995-97. In 1996, she was selected as a pre-season All-American candidate, and later finished her outstanding career second on the Terrapins’ all-time assists list. 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 and was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, still holds the Anne Arundel County scoring record with 90 goals and 15 assists.
A 1998 Maryland graduate with Bachelor’s degrees in government & politics and criminology & criminal justice, Salmon 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 and in the classroom. "I want our players and all of our future players to realize what a special place UMBC is," she said. "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."-20-5