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Nicci Wright Joins UMBC Women’s Soccer Staff as Assistant Coach
Nicci Wright played for the Canadian Women's World Cup team for seven years.
Baltimore-UMBC head women’s soccer coach Tara Koleski today announced the hiring of Nicci Wright as assistant coach. Wright was the starting goalkeeper for the 1999 Canadian Women’s World Cup Team.
“This is a positive for our program, a step in the right direction,” Koleski said. “Nicci has a lot of experience and knowledge of the game, and she will help take the program to the next level. It should be exciting for the players to have someone of her caliber come in, as well.”
Wright started 38 international games for the Canadian National Team from 1996-2003, the most in Canadian soccer history upon her retirement. She recorded 11 shutouts, the second-most in Canadian women’s soccer history, and she is the only Canadian goalie to win a game against the U.S. Women’s National Team.
In the fall of 2000, Wright played for the World Indoor All-Star Team which competed against the
In 2002, Wright played in a Swedish Women’s League, elite Damallsvenska, for Alvik IK in
Wright played for the Washington Freedom of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), where she played in more than 45 league, exhibition and international games from 2003-2006. One of only 32 international players signed in the WUSA and one of only three international goalies to play in the WUSA, Wright was the team captain for the 2006 season, and she helped lead the Freedom to the 2003 WUSA championship.
Wright coached high school girls soccer in
A native of
“I’m very excited about joining the UMBC program,” Wright said. “I’m excited about the upcoming season and very happy and proud to be a part of this program.”
In addition, Koleski announced that former UMBC standout Mary Hearin will join the coaching staff as a graduate assistant this season. A two-year team co-captain and four-year starter, Hearin anchored the Retrievers’ backline for three seasons before making the switch to midfield in 2006. She was a 2003 America East all-rookie team and all-conference second team member, and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors twice.