June 16, 2011
BALTIMORE - Former professional women's soccer standout Emily Janss has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, Head Coach Katherine Vettori announced.
After completing her All-American career at the University of Maryland in 1999, Janss played for the New York Power of the Women's United Soccer Association and the W-League's Washington Freedom. She also played one season overseas, helping Fortuna Hjorring to a second-place finish in the Danish 3F Cup.
"We are very excited to have someone with Emily's professional and collegiate experience join our staff," Vettori said. "It is great to be working with her after knowing her for so many years as a player and coach. With her quality as a player and background as a coach, we are thrilled that she is here.
Janss has coached at the collegiate, high school and youth levels, most recently serving as the Director of Girls Soccer for the Olney Boys And Girls Travel Soccer Program. She also was the head coach of the Maryland Olympic Development Program 1998 Girls Team after serving as an assistant coach for the 1997 side.
She earned All-America Honorable Mention from College Soccer Online in 1999 after her senior season for the Terrapins. She was a four-year starter in the midfield and on defense for Maryland and was a Regional All-American in 1996, 1997 and 1999. She also earned Freshman All-America Third Team honors in Soccer Buzz Magazine when she scored six goals and had five assists.
During the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Vettori was an assistant coach at Maryland while Janss was a player.
"Emily was a terrific player while I was at Maryland and someone that you loved to coach," Vettori said. "I have worked with her even longer than that, going back to her days with the Region III team."
Janss played for the Power from 2001 and 2004 and then began play in the W-League with the Freedom, spending the 2005-2009 seasons with the squad. Washingotn won the 2007 W-League title, and she was named to the W-League Championship All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008.
The 2000 graduate of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiological science, Janss was an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas before returning to her alma mater. She helped Maryland reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's College Cup in 2004.
She also was an assistant coach from 2007-2010 at St. John's College High School, helping the program win the 2007 and 2008 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. Eleven players that Janss coaches at St. John's went on to play collegiate soccer.