COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Sasho Cirovski has announced two coaching staff changes for the Terrapins as former Maryland standout Scott Buete has been tabbed assistant coach and Brian Rowland has been promoted to first assistant/recruiting coordinator, effective immediately.
Buete was a three-year captain for Cirovski and the Terps from 2001-2003 and was an NSCAA First Team All-American in 2003 after snagging third team honors in 2002. He led Maryland to two College Cup appearances and an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title in 2002.
“I am delighted to bring Scottie back to College Park,” Cirovski said. “Scott epitomizes Maryland Soccer. As a local kid, he wore the Terrapin colors with great pride and was one of the fiercest competitors in our proud history.
“His passion and love for our program, along with his compassion for the growth and development of our student-athletes, will continue the tradition of great assistant coaches during my tenure. On behalf of Maryland Soccer nation, I want to welcome Scott.”
Following his collegiate career, Buete was a first round draft pick for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and also had stints with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery and Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL and the Baltimore Blast of the MISL. Most recently, Buete has served as the academy director for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club.
“I’m very excited to be back home at the University of Maryland,” Buete said. “Maryland Soccer has never left my mind since I graduated and it is the reason for a great deal of my success on and off the field. It is an honor to be part of such successful program and I look forward to coming back on the coaching side.”
A native of Bowie, Md., Buete replaces Michael Dellorusso who left his post with the Terrapins to become the head coach of Arizona United of the USL.
Cirovski also announced the promotion of Rowland to first assistant/recruiting coordinator. Rowland is entering his fifth season with the Terps and has played a pivotal role in mentoring some of the nation’s top talent while perennially securing premier recruiting classes including top-three classes in both 2011 and 2013.
Rowland helped guide the Terps to back-to-back regular season and tournament ACC Championships in 2012 and 2013 as Maryland advanced to the College Cup in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Players who have flourished under Rowland’s tutelage include two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner and current New England Revolution forward Patrick Mullins, All-America selection and Philadelphia Union keeper Zac MacMath and Maryland’s current starter and U-18 MNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who was tabbed to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2013. Additionally, Rowland has coached a total of 10 current MLS players from 2010-13.
"I am extremely proud to announce that Brian has been named first assistant and recruiting coordinator,” Cirovski said. “This promotion has been well-earned. In four years, Brian has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our program on all levels and has become one of the nation’s top assistant coaches."
The Terps open the 2014 campaign with a trip to Kentucky to play Louisville in its stadium opener Aug. 29. Maryland then welcomes Coastal Carolina and UMBC for its first homestand of the year on Sept. 1 and Sept. 5, respectively.