During his first year as an assistant on the Maryland sidelines, Dello-Russo helped guide Maryland to an ACC Championship and a 19-3-1 record. The Terps advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the season ranked fourth by the NSCAA. Dello-Russo helped coach four first team All-ACC selections in 2010. Maryland had three players selected in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft while two others signed homegrown contracts with the league.
Dello-Russo, who played for Maryland from 2001-2005, was a two-time captain for Cirovski and was instrumental in guiding the Terps to their first national championship since 1968 as a senior in 2005. The center back, who started all 25 matches for the Terps, aided Maryland to 11 shutouts that season. The Columbia, Md., native finished his career with 20 assists, the 11th highest mark in Maryland men's soccer history. Dello-Russo also landed in the Terps' single season record book, boasting 10 assists in 2004, a tally that is tied for eighth all-time. Maryland advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year Dello-Russo was in College Park, including four trips to the College Cup.
Following his successful collegiate career at Maryland, Dello-Russo was drafted by FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, where he spent three and a half seasons with the club. Most recently, he played professionally for the Austin Aztex of USL Division I and the Baltimore Blast of the MISL in 2009.
"I am very excited and honored to come back to my alma mater and join the terrific coaching staff with Sasho," Dello-Russo said. "The time I spent at Maryland not only provided me with the ability to play professionally in the MLS but it gave me the fundamentals for a successful future.
"I look forward to providing current and future players at the University with the abilities to succeed both on and off the soccer field. University of Maryland soccer has distinguished itself as the elite program in the country and I am extremely privileged to come back as an assistant coach."
"I am delighted to bring Michael back to College Park," Cirovski said. "Mike epitomizes Maryland soccer. As a youngster, he was a fan of Maryland soccer and dreamed of playing for the Terps. As a student-athlete, he captained our team to our first national championship since 1968. As a proud alumnus, he was in the stands for our third title and now he joins me as an assistant coach.
"His passion for Maryland soccer, along with his compassion for the growth and development of our student-athletes, will continue the tradition of our great assistant coaches during my tenure. On behalf of Maryland Soccer Nation, I want to welcome Michael and I look forward to working with him daily as we prepare for the challenge of the upcoming season."
Dello-Russo earned his bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland. He currently resides in Columbia, Md.