BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall has announced the hiring of Vanessa Mann as the ninth women's soccer coach in school history on Friday.
"We are thrilled to announce Vanessa as our next women's soccer head coach," said Hall. "Vanessa's work ethic, commitment to academics, and passion for soccer made her a great fit for our program. She's been a part of successful teams at all levels, and we have no doubt she will lead UMBC Women's Soccer to new heights."
Mann comes to UMBC after spending three seasons as the assistant coach at William and Mary. In her first season with the Tribe, Mann helped lead the team to a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) co-regular season title, a 2015 College Cup bid, where the Tribe defeated Central Florida in penalty kicks in the first round, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 ranking. Mann also helped coach nine players to 11 different CAA honors, including Defensive Player of the Year Caroline Casey. Casey, who also earned NSCAA First-Team All-America Honors that year, was drafted by the NWSL's Sky Blue FC.
"I would like to thank Tim, Jessica, Kala and the entire search committee for their professionalism throughout this search. UMBC was a no-brainer for me both personally and professionally. The program we are looking to build here will be synonymous with developing young women of character who will excel in the classroom, in the community and on the field," said Mann. "The fantastic resources and people we have on this campus were highlighted throughout my interview process and I am excited to hit the ground running and getting to know our fantastic student-athletes."
In 2016, Mann helped guide the Tribe to a 10-win season, their NCAA record 36th consecutive winning season. Under Mann's guidance, William and Mary returned to the CAA semifinals for the sixth straight year and had six players named to eight different awards, including Co-Defensive Player of the Year Clara Logsdon.
"Vanessa is an outstanding coach and the future of UMBC soccer is bright with her at the helm," stated William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge. "She has all of the necessary tools to build and sustain a successful women's soccer program. She was a tremendous asset in her time at William & Mary and I am confident that UMBC's program is in very good hands."
Prior to her time at William and Mary, Mann was an assistant at the University of Oklahoma during the 2014 season where she helped lead the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship game and an appearance in the College Cup. Mann also guided two Sooners to the Big 12's All-Newcomer Team.
Before Mann's stint in Norman, she spent a season as the volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Nevada. During her time with the Wolf Pack, she developed the team training sessions for both goalkeepers and field players, while assisting in the day-to-day running of the program.
On the club level, Mann was a founding member and director of coaching for the Legacy Football Club in Sparks, Nevada, for four years. She also has experience as a U.S. Soccer Coaching License Instructor and with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Oklahoma.
Mann also served as the youth coach for the Nevada Elite Football Club (2008-2010), Coerver Coaching (2001-07), and Illawarra Stingrays (2005-07).
Mann brings a list of impressive coaching accreditations with her to Baltimore, including a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, and NSCAA Level 1&2 Goalkeeping Diploma. She is also a NCAA Women's Coaches Academy graduate and passed her NCAA recruiting certification.
A native of New South Wales, Australia, Mann played collegiately at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2007 to 2010, earning Academic All-WAC honors in 2008. She earned her degree from Nevada in health ecology in 2011.