Mary Hearin returns to the UMBC soccer staff as an assistant coach for the 2008 season.
“Mary is a young up-and-coming coach,” head caoch Alyssa Radu said. “I’m glad she will be staying around and helping her alma mater reach its potential. I think she can use this experience to jumpstart her career, and we as a program will benefit from that.”
Hearin spent last season on the Retriever bench as a graduate assistant coach after an outstanding four-year career on the pitch for UMBC. After anchoring the defense for three seasons, Hearin made a smooth transition to the midfield for her senior year of 2006 and scored a career-high three goals and six points.
A three-time team co-captain, Hearin made an impact on the Retrievers’ squad from the beginning, earning America East All-Rookie Team and All-Conference Second Team recognition in 2003. She was also selected to the 2005 America East All-Championship Team after scoring UMBC’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Binghamton in the conference tournament quarterfinals, and she shared team Unsung Hero honors as a junior and senior.
Hearin started 63 of 69 games in her career, posting five goals, four assists and 14 points. Hearin, who served two terms as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), also excelled in the classroom, earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors in both 2005 and 2006, including first-team accolades as a senior.
“I’m extremely excited to join Coach Radu’s staff and continue working with the UMBC women’s soccer program,” Hearin said. “I look forward to learning from Coach Radu and working with her and our great group of girls as we pursue an America East championship.”
Hearin has also been the head coach for the U-9 Freestate Fireballs of the Freestate Soccer Alliance in Bowie, Md., since May 2007. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach for the Baltimore Bays.
The native of North Potomac, Md., and former standout at Watkins Mill High School graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UMBC in 2006 with a degree in history. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in historical studies from UMBC.