UC head coach Michelle Salmon became the first female soccer player inducted into the Arundel County Hall of Fame.
Oct. 18, 2012
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — University of Cincinnati women’s soccer head coach Michelle Salmon was inducted into the Anne Arundel County (Md.) Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
The Millersville native, who is in her fifth year at UC, is the first female soccer player to join the Arundel County Hall of Fame.
A four-year starter at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., Salmon’s 90 career goals and 15 assists remain atop the county record books today.
In her induction speech, Salmon credited her brother, John, with holding her accountable and pushing her after she failed to make Region I Olympic Development team two years in a row. Salmon went on to make the United States Under-16 and Under-20 national teams.
“I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have an older brother who kicked my butt and called me out,” Salmon said to the Gazette. “My brother showed me how to turn it into motivation. That situation ignited my internal flame and made me want to prove I was good enough to make any team.”
Salmon was named first-team all county four times by The Capital Gazette. The Gazette also awarded her with the Player of the Year title twice. The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun gave her the same title in 1993. That same year, she earned high school all-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America.
“Michelle was just a very special player, the type that comes along once in a lifetime,” Salmon’s high school coach Bruce Sponsler told the Gazette. “I became a much better coach and Old Mill became a much better program when she showed up.”
Cincinnati closes the regular season with a road match Friday at 7 p.m. against longtime rival University of Louisville at Cardinal Park.