Sam Kirschenbaum was named Director of Player Development in March 2018 after spending two seasons at Virginia Wesleyan.
In his two seasons at VWU, the Marlins made two appearances in the NCAA tournament and finished both seasons ranked in the South Atlantic Region. In 2017, the Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team clinched the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season title, their first regular-season title since 2012. The team also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and won its first-round game against Tufts University, its first NCAA victory since 2007. The squad would go on to finish the year ranked 24th in the final national poll for Division III women's soccer. In 2016, the Marlins went undefeated in conference play and made it to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 2011. The team also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which was their first bid since 2012. In Kirschenbaum's two seasons the Marlins hold a 16-1-3 record in ODAC play and finished both seasons as the fifth-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region by the NCAA.
Prior to his time at VWU, Kirschenbaum was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Marist. While with the Red Foxes, Kirschenbaum was responsible for recruiting student-athletes, coordinating training sessions, video analysis, and scouting opponents. During those two seasons, Marist climbed from a 10th place to 3rd place regular season finish in the MAAC, including a 6-3-1 conference record in 2015. In Kirschenbaum's second season with the Red Foxes, 3 freshmen were selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, a number more than any other program in the conference. From 2014 to 2015, Marist more than tripled their wins, doubled their goals, and saw an increase in shot total and SOG percentage.
While at Marist, Kirschenbaum was also involved in youth soccer, serving as the Director of Coaching for the Hyde Park Soccer Club. As the clubs first ever Director of Coaching, Kirschenbaum organized Fall and Spring clinics, created age-specific curriculum, hired coaching staff, and built the Hyde Park pre-academy program.
Kirschenbaum is an ODP Region I Staff Coach and is currently the Assistant Coach with the program's Under-14 girls team. In addition to Region I, he has worked with the Eastern New York ODP, serving as the head coach for the Under-16 girls team in 2016
Kirschenbaum played soccer at SUNY Cortland, where he was a three-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team honoree. He graduated from Cortland with a B.S. in psychology with summa cum laude honors.
He went on to play semi-professionally in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) for the Westchester Flames. Kirschenbaum also played in the First Division of the Cosmopolitan League with the Manhattan Celtic.
Kirschenbaum holds a Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) and a D License from the USSF. He serves as an associate staff coach for United Soccer Coaches and was chosen as a member of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under-30 program in 2017.