COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland associate head coach Brian Rowland has accepted the head coach position at Temple, the school announced Friday.
Over his eight years at Maryland, Rowland helped the Terps win two conference regular season titles and six conference tournament championships, including five straight from 2012-2016. Rowland has also excelled as a recruiter, bringing in top recruiting classes on a yearly basis.
"I am delighted for Brian to get the opportunity to lead Temple Men's Soccer and I would like to thank him for his great service to Maryland these past eight years," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I have seen Brian emerge as one of the finest young coaches in collegiate soccer. He has been involved in all aspects of our operation at Maryland. He is an outstanding person, a terrific leader and a relentless recruiter and I know he will do great things at Temple."
A former goalkeeper at UMBC, Rowland has mentored some of the top keepers in the country at Maryland, including current MLS standouts Zac McMath and Zack Steffen, along with 2016 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Cody Niedermeier and current Terp No. 1 Dayne St. Clair. He helped the Terps advance to the College Cup in 2012 and 2013 and recently helped the Terps embark on a 30-match regular season unbeaten streak, the longest in school history.
“My experience at Maryland has been full of incredible accomplishments on the field, in addition to the many lifelong friendships with fellow staff and student-athletes," Rowland said. "It has been an honor to represent Maryland and contribute to the Maryland Soccer legacy. I would like to thank Coach Cirovski for providing me with the opportunity to join the coaching staff eight years ago. His mentorship and faith in me have allowed me to grow and flourish as a coach. The program will continue to thrive and achieve on and off the field for years to come. The University of Maryland will always be in my heart. Go Terps!”
An ace recruiter, Rowland helped the Terps sign the top class in the country in 2015 and the No. 2 class in 2016. He spent the last three three seasons as associate head coach.
Rowland is one of a number of former Cirovski assistants to move to college head coach or MLS assistant coach positions, including Jeff Rohrman (former Head Coach, Wisconsin), Russell Payne (Head Coach, Army), John Pascarella (former Assistant Coach, Sporting KC), Brian Pensky (Head Coach, Tenessee women's soccer, former Head Coach Maryland women's soccer), Rob Vartughian (Assistant Coach, New York City FC), Michael Dellorusso (Assistant Coach, Houston Dynamo, former head coach Arizona United).