Women's Soccer |
Jan. 10, 2008
CINCINNATI -- Michelle Salmon, the head women's soccer coach at Ball State for the last two years, has been hired in the same capacity at the University of Cincinnati, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced today (Jan. 10).
"Anytime we conduct a national search for a new head coach at UC, the candidate pool is always strong," Thomas said. "With her credentials, conference championships, and having competed in women's soccer at the highest level, Michelle's name rose to the top of our list and we are thrilled that she is our next head women's soccer coach. We know she is the right fit to lead our women's soccer program to the next level."
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.
"I can't wait to get started at the University of Cincinnati," Salmon said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me and to be able to work with Mike Thomas and (Senior Woman Administrator) Robin Martin on a day-to-day basis is truly exciting. I am thrilled to be a Bearcat and I look forward to building UC into a championship-caliber program."
Salmon comes to UC after leading 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 are 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 last season as a program-record seven different players were named to the 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.
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, has 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.
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 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 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. She still holds the Anne Arundel County scoring record with 90 goals and 15 assists.
Salmon graduated from Maryland in 1998 with bachelor's degrees in government and politics as well as criminology and criminal justice.