March 17, 2014
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head men’s soccer coach Steve Nichols announced that Michael Marchiano will join the program as an assistant coach.
The Bel Air, Md., native comes to Loyola familiar with the Patriot League after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Army. He will join Matt Dwyer, who will remain with the program for his seventh season, in rounding out the Greyhounds’ coaching staff.
“Michael was a must have for us,” Nichols said. “I coached him growing up and he’s been able to win at every level. He won with me as both a youth player and in high school, before going on to have an extremely successful career in college, winning both ACC and NCAA Championships at Maryland.
“He has also coached in both the ACC and the Patriot League, so he knows how to identify the type of players that we need to be able to win conference and national championships. He also has a tremendous personality that allows him to build strong relationships with student-athletes.”
In two years at Army, Marchiano helped the Black Knights turn a 4-10-3 record into a 12-3-3 mark in 2013 and a second-place finish in the Patriot League, its best placement since winning the league in 1996.
Army also led the nation in shutout percentage last year, recording 12 shutouts in 18 contests. The Black Knights snagged rookie and goalkeeper of the year honors from the Patriot League, while Winston Boldt went on to earn All-America honors, becoming the program’s first All-American since 1974. Bolt also garnered Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-America accolades.
"I am tremendously excited and honored to be provided this unique opportunity to coach and be a part of the Loyola soccer program,” Marchiano said. “I feel fortunate to be able to work with Steve, and am very grateful to him for allowing me this chance. I must also thank Coach Payne, Coach McAnulty and the players and staff at West Point for such an enjoyable experience.
“In this next challenge, our goal is to rebuild the Greyhounds into a national contender and create something that our supporters, the city of Baltimore and the University will be proud of. I am eager to get started."
Prior to his time at West Point, Marchiano spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Maryland before heading to Wisconsin-Milwaukee as an assistant coach. In College Park, he helped his alma mater to a 34-9-3 record in those two seasons and back-to-back appearances in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Marchiano played in 59 games at Maryland from 2005-08. He helped the Terrapins to a 68-18-8 record and a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and NCAA titles in 2005 and 2008. A two-time team captain, he was awarded the team’s Peter Lowry Award as a senior, an honor given to the team member who exemplifies academic excellence, leadership and distinguished citizenship on campus.
Post-collegiately, Marchiano had a brief playing career with Real Maryland of the United Soccer League and spent a year working in the private sector of the Wasserman Media Group.
Marchiano graduated from Maryland in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.