Michelle Salmon took over the reins of the Cincinnati women's soccer program in 2008, becoming the fourth head women's soccer coach in school history after spending two seasons at Ball State.
During her five seasons at UC, Salmon has led the program to new heights, athletically and academically.
The 2011 team saw the development of five freshmen in the starting lineup; including forward Mackenzie Grause, who was named a top-100 freshman by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and goalkeeper Kristina Utley, who twice earned weekly BIG EAST Conference honors.
Salmon produced the 100th win of her career with a 2-1 road win at Northwestern on Aug. 27, 2011.
The 2010 squad produced the best start to a season in school history with a 5-0-1 record, garnering a No. 15 national ranking in the Sept. 6 Soccer America poll.
The program has received the prestigious National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic Award every year since Salmon's arrival.
In her first season at UC, Salmon led the Bearcats to their most successful season in the BIG EAST Conference. UC accomplished a 10-win season, earned its best finish in the BIG EAST regular season, and made a BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinal appearance. Cincinnati's 10 wins was its best in a season since 2002. Senior midfielder Kristin May was named to the 2008 all-BIG EAST conference women's soccer second team under Salmon's guidance. Additionally, May and classmate Kim Sykes were named all-Ohio first and second team, respectively.
Academically, Sykes earned her third College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honor, 13 players were placed on the coveted Topcat scholar list (3.5-4.0 GPA) and another five players were named to the Bearcat Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA).
Rounding out the successful 2008 season was the announcement of Kim Sykes earning UC's Female Scholar-Athlete Award and earning the most prestigious female-athlete award at Cincinnati, the Helen Norman Smith Award.
Salmon guided the Ball State soccer program to unprecedented heights in her two seasons at the helm of the Cardinals. She led the team to its first ever Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in 2006 and wasted no time capturing the programs' second in 2007. The two-time MAC Coach of the Year held a 26-9-5 record, including a 17-3-2 mark in league play, while at BSU.
Salmon led Ball State to a 13-5-2 record in 2007, which included a 9-1-1 mark in MAC play. The Cardinals became the first team in MAC history to win back-to-back outright regular-season titles, while the nine MAC victories tied for the most in a single season in Ball State history. The Cardinals finished the season ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and 14th in the Great Lakes Region by Soccerbuzz.
Ball State received numerous accolades for its play in 2007 as a program-record seven different players were named to all-MAC teams. The seven players honored are tied for the most ever in MAC history by a single team. Ball State also excelled in the classroom as the Cardinals placed a program-record four players on the Academic all-MAC squad.
The Cardinals were led by the top defensive unit in the Mid-American Conference and one of the top squads in NCAA Division I lin 2007. Ball State only allowed 13 goals against for the year and just five goals against in MAC play. The Cardinals finished 16th in the nation in goals against average (0.626) and 35th in shutout percentage (0.50). The five goals allowed in conference play are the fewest allowed by a MAC team in a 10-game plus season. Ball State posted a school record seven straight shutouts during the 2007 season and finished the year with 10 total shutouts.
In her first season at BSU, Salmon guided the Cardinals to their first ever Mid-American Conference regular-season championship with a 13-4-3 overall record and an 8-2-1 mark in MAC action. The Cardinals' 13 victories were tied for third most wins in a single season, while the eight conference wins are tied for most in program history. Salmon guided the Cardinals to a regional ranking in nine out of the 13 weeks during her first season (Great Lakes Region - Soccerbuzz). Under her tutelage, the Cardinals excelled both on and off of the field. The Cardinals had four players earn first-team all-MAC honors, marking the first time in program history that feat was accomplished. She also placed three players on the NSCAA All-Region team -- the first time BSU has had multiple players on the all-Region squad. Senior midfielder Amy Holst also became the Cardinals first ever ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, earning second team accolades. BSU also had three players named Academic All-MAC under Salmon's guidance.
Prior to Ball State, Salmon spent six seasons as head coach at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. In just her second year at the helm of the program, she led the squad to the Northeast Conference Tournament finals and tutored the Retrievers to a second-place league finish with an 11-6-2 mark. A former all-American in soccer at Maryland, Salmon served as UMBC's assistant coach in 1999 before being appointed head coach prior to the 2000 season.
Salmon, who holds a USSF `A' license, served as a senior regional staff member of the United States Youth Soccer Association, where she helped evaluate players' development and impact on the regional scene. She has also been the assistant coach of the United States Under-15 National Team and served as the USYSA Under-16 regional team head coach.
In the summer of 2008, Salmon served as one of eight U.S. Under-14 National Program staff coaches who interacted at the Under-14 level between National, State and Region coaches and administrators. As one of the coaches, she helped to discover the top young players in the nation and took part in U.S. Soccer's Development Academy in Carson, Calif.
Salmon captained the Maryland Terrapins in 1997 and 1998 and led the program to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1995 through 1997. In 1996, she was selected as a pre-season all-America candidate. She finished her outstanding career second on the Terrapins' all-time assists list.
Salmon graduated from Maryland in 1998 with bachelor's degrees in government and politics as well as criminology and criminal justice.
Salmon participated on the United States Olympic Festival squad in 1998 and represented the United States as a member of the Under-20 National Team from 1993 to 1995, as well as the Under-16 Team in 1991.
Salmon was an all-American as a prep standout at Old Mill High School (Md.) and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, as well as the the Anne Arundel County Hall of Fame, where she still holds the scoring record of 90 goals and 15 assists.
UMBC 2000: 6-9-3, 5-2-3 Northeast Conference 2001: 11-6-2, 9-3-0 Northeast Conference 2002: 5-11-1, 2-6-1 Northeast Conference 2003: 7-8-1, 4-4-1 America East 2004: 8-10-0, 3-6-0 America East 2005: 9-9-1, 3-4-1 America East 46-53-8, 26-25-6 Ball State 2006: 13-4-3, 8-2-1 MAC | Regular Season Champions 2007: 13-5-2, 9-1-1 MAC | Regular Season Champions 26-9-5, 17-3-2 Cincinnati 2008: 10-7-3, 5-3-3 BIG EAST 2009: 8-10-1, 3-7-1 BIG EAST 2010: 8-10-1, 2-9-0 BIG EAST 2011: 6-9-4, 2-7-2 BIG EAST 2012: 4-13-1, 1-10 BIG EAST 36-49-10, 13-36-6
Career Record: 108-111-23 overall, 56-64-14 conference