After four successful seasons as an assistant coach, head coach Sasho Cirovski promoted Brian Rowland to associate head coach during the spring of 2015.
Rowland has played a pivotal role mentoring some of the nation’s top goalkeeping talent, including the Terps’ current starter and U-18 MNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who was tabbed to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2013.
The Terps once again captured the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2015, defeating top-seeded Ohio State in Columbus. Maryland also made a valiant return to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament after topping previous national champions Virginia and Notre Dame. Six Terps earned all-conference accolades and Tsubasa Endoh (first round) and Ivan Magalhaes (second round) were selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Rowland helped guide the Terps to three consecutive regular season and tournament conference championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as Maryland advanced to the College Cup in consecutive seasons in 2012-13 for the first time since the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
During his first season in College Park, Rowland coached All-America selection Zac MacMath, who led the nation with a 0.64 goals against average. MacMath was later selected by the Philadelphia Union with the fifth pick overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
Rowland was a four-year starter for nationally-ranked UMBC and was a two-time captain for the Retrievers. He was tabbed UMBC Male Athlete of the Year, earned All-America honors in 2002, and garnered all-conference accolades twice in his illustrious career. Rowland left UMBC as the career and single-season record-holder in shutouts.
"I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to join such a fantastic soccer program here at the University of Maryland," Rowland said. "To begin my coaching career at a program which has become the benchmark for excellence at the collegiate level is truly a great honor. I look forward to working with Coach Cirovski and his excellent staff, where I can hopefully contribute to the success of the program for the upcoming season and into the future."
Following Rowland's successful collegiate tenure, he continued his playing career with the Toronto Lynx of the USL (2003-04), the Baltimore Blast and Milwaukee Wave of the MISL (2003-07) and finally with Crystal Palace USA of the USL from 2007 to 2009. He was tabbed to MISL's Team of the Week three times and the USL Team of the Week five times. He also spent the last four years as the goalkeeper coach for Crystal Palace, working with academy goalkeepers in a year-round training program.
Prior to landing at UMBC, Rowland competed on the Canadian Youth National U-20 team and trialed at Manchester United and Fulham.
"I am extremely excited to announce Brian Rowland as our newest assistant coach," Cirovski said. "I have known Brian for the past ten years and have followed his success as a player. He has a great work ethic and sees the game in the same light as myself but more importantly, he is a very compassionate person.
"Though his priority will be working with our goalkeepers, he possesses a wide array of skills that will add great value to our program. He is a student of the game and will rise quickly in the coaching ranks."
Rowland is a native of Toronto, Ontario Canada and earned his bachelor's degree in economics from UMBC in 2003. Rowland holds a USSF A License (2012) and is involved with US Soccer as a scout for their Youth National Teams.