Shannon Cirovski gets Terps job

January 14, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

COLLEGE PARK -- Shannon Cirovski, coach of the U.S. under-18 women's soccer team and wife of Maryland men's coach Sasho Cirovski, was named coach of the Terrapins women's team yesterday.

Cirovski, 30, replaces Alan Kirkup, who resigned last month to accept a similar position at the University of Arkansas.

A two-time first-team All-American, the former Shannon Higgins played collegiately at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels to four NCAA titles and a four-year record of 89-0-6.

The consensus national Player of the Year in 1989, she scored the game-winning goals in the 1987, 1988 and 1989 NCAA championship games.

It is the second collegiate head coaching job for Cirovski, who had a 69-59-11 mark at George Washington from 1991 to 1997. The winningest coach in George Washington history, she led the Colonials to their only NCAA tournament appearance in 1996.

Sasho Cirovski has coached the Maryland men's team since 1993 and guided the Terps to the Final Four last season.

"We're excited about being a team," Shannon Cirovski said. "We're a team in life and that's the way we've looked at our jobs in the past, as well.

"We're two totally different people and will bring our own strengths to our program. But I think we'll complement each other when it comes to kind of viewing each other as another assistant coach."

Pub Date: 1/14/99

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