Saying something is a “new era” in sports today has become cliché, but for the University of Maryland women’s soccer program calling the 2012 season the beginning of a new era could be a bit of an understatement.
The Terrapins have enjoyed a resurrection of sorts since the beginning of the 2009 season with three-straight NCAA tournament berths, two trips to the Sweet 16, a first-ever No. 1 seed in the tournament and the program’s second-ever trip to the ACC tournament finals.
But the backbone of the rebuilding effort – the class of 2011 – has now graduated and moved on, taking with them three of the top 11 career scorers in program history, the all-time leading goalkeeper in goals-against average and a combined four-year record of 51-24-10 (.659).
That alone would be enough to signal a new era in College Park this season, but add to all of that the changes in the coaching staff that saw the promotion of long-time assistant Jonathan Morgan to head coach and the influx of the highly-regarded Eric Golz as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The staff also added volunteer assistant Ellis Pierre and student assistant Ashley Grove.
“This is an exciting time for the program,” said Morgan, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Terps. “We were very fortunate to have some outstanding student-athletes come through and help bring the program to where it is today and we will always appreciate their effort and accomplishments, but at the same time there are still a lot of young women who contributed to this team’s success over the past three seasons still here.”