COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland women's soccer standout Emily Janss is returning to her alma mater as the Terps’ volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jonathan Morgan announced Friday.
“We are thrilled to have Emily return to her alma mater and become the newest member of our coaching staff,” said Morgan. “Having previously played and coached here at Maryland, Emily brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm to our program. We will have Emily participating in all facets of training and match preparation, however her primary focus will be on individual player development. Emily’s professional experience in both the WUSA and WPS should prove to be an incredibly valuable resource for our players.”
"I am very excited to return to my alma mater, where I’ll be joining such an amazing staff and prestigious group of players,” said Janss. “The opportunity to share my experience as the team transitions into the Big Ten was one I couldn't pass up."
Janss comes back to College Park after serving as an assistant coach at Loyola University for the past three seasons. During her tenure at Loyola the Greyhounds won one MAAC championship and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament and competed for another conference title. Under her tutelage, six Greyhounds combined to earn 10 MAAC all-conference honors and three were named to the NSCAA All-Northeast team.
After completing her All-American career at Maryland in 1999, Janss played for the New York Power of the Women's United Soccer Association and the Women’s Professional Soccer’s (WPS) Washington Freedom. She also played one season overseas, helping Fortuna Hjorring to a second-place finish in the Danish 3F Cup.
After completing her playing career, Janss was an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas for two seasons before serving in the same role at Maryland for the 2004 season.
During that one season back in College Park, Janss helped lead the Terps to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and a No. 24 ranking in the final NSCAA poll.
Janss has coached at the collegiate, high school and youth levels. She is currently the Director of Girls Soccer for the Olney Boys And Girls Travel Soccer Program and is also working with the Maryland Olympic Development Program.
Janss, an All-ACC first team selection in 1999 and a second-team honoree in 1997 and 1998, led the Terps to NCAA bids between '96 and '99 while tallying 42 points on 17 goals and eight assists during her career.
In 2002 Janss was selected as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary 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. Washington won the 2007 W-League title, and she was named to the W-League Championship All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008.
She graduated from Maryland in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiological science.
Janss has also been an assistant coach at St. John's College High School from 2007-10, helping the program win the 2007 and 2008 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. Eleven players that Janss coached at St. John's went on to play collegiate soccer.