BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team has added Chante Sandiford to its coaching staff, as announced by head coach Leslie Wray. Sandiford will be an assistant coach and will work closely with the team's goalkeepers.
"Chante is a wonderful addition to our staff," said Wray. "Her energy and extensive playing experience will be called upon while coaching our goalkeepers this season. She is eager to be a college coach and we are honored for her to start her career here."
Sandiford was a two-year starter for UCLA in 2009-10, where she posted 17 shutouts in 48 games played. She helped the Bruins to a Pac 10 Conference finals appearance and a College Cup Final Four berth in 2009. She finished the season with a 0.64 save percentage, while the team posted a 21-2-1 overall mark.
Following her collegiate playing days, Sandiford went on to compete for FK Zorkiy of the Russian Premier League. She registered 18 shutouts in 33 games and went on to earn Russian League Keeper of the Year honors after guiding her team to a Russian Supreme Division Championship in 2013.
Sandiford was also able to gain coaching experience throughout her playing career, conducting individual goalkeeper training, as well as serving as an assistant coach for Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. During her time with the Raptors, Sandiford was in charge of the team's goalkeepers, conditioning program and academic progress.
"I am beyond excited to be a part of this program," Sandiford said. "I look forward to being able to help continue the team's mission of competitive excellence and hard work."