COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former Maryland men’s soccer assistant coach Michael Dellorusso has been named the head coach for Arizona United SC of the USL, the club announced Friday.
Dellorusso, who also played for Maryland from 2001-2005, served as head coach Sasho Cirovski’s top assistant for four seasons, helping lead the Terrapins to three Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and a pair of trips to the College Cup.
"We are very excited for Michael's new opportunity as a head coach in the USL," Cirovski said. "As both a former Terrapin student-athlete and an assistant coach, Mike has shown an unwavering commitment to Maryland men's soccer and he will be greatly missed. We wish him nothing but success as he continues his promising coaching career."
As a player, Dellorusso was a two-time captain and was instrumental in guiding the Terps to their first national championship since 1968 as a senior in 2005. The Columbia, Md., native finished his career with 20 assists, the 11th highest mark in Maryland men's soccer history. Maryland advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year Dellorusso was in College Park, including four trips to the College Cup.
“I would like to thank Sasho Cirovski, Brian Rowland and the rest of the tremendous staff at the University of Maryland,” Dellorusso said. “My time at Maryland, as both a player and a coach, has created some of the most memorable moments of my life. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the nation’s top men’s college soccer program and I will always be a Terp! My wife, Hilary, and I are extremely excited about joining Arizona United SC and look forward to this next chapter in our life.”
A national search to replace Dellorusso will commence immediately.