Maryland men's soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski announced the hiring of former Terrapin standout Michael Dellorusso as assistant coach Jan. 4, 2010.
In 2011, Dellorusso aided the Terps to their 18th straight winning season and nation-best 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. A league-high six student-athletes were named All-ACC and two players - Casey Townsend and John Stertzer - garnered NSCAA All-America accolades. Townsend was selected by Chivas USA with the fifth overall pick of the MLS SuperDraft while fellow senior Alex Lee was picked up by FC Dallas - Dellorusso's former team - in the supplemental draft.
During his first year as an assistant on the Maryland sidelines, Dellorusso 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. Dellorusso 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.
Dellorusso, 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. Dellorusso 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 Dellorusso was in College Park, including four trips to the College Cup.
Following his successful collegiate career at Maryland, Dellorusso 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," Dellorusso 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."
Dellorusso earned his bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland. He currently resides in Columbia, Md.