Golz Named Women's Soccer Assistant
June 21, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Eric Golz, one of the nation's top assistant soccer coaches, has been named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Maryland women's soccer program, head coach Jonathan Morgan announced today.
"I'd like to welcome Eric Golz as the newest member of the women's soccer program and Terrapin Family," said Morgan. "Eric will join our team as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Back in 2006 when I arrived at the University of Maryland, I was very fortunate to be given a similar opportunity. I was hired as an assistant coach, but also as someone who would be an integral part of rebuilding Maryland women's soccer. I believe that philosophy created a great working environment for the entire staff, so when looking for an assistant coach to join the team, it was important to find someone who would come in and fill that same role. Having such a personable, experienced and passionate coach as Eric will allow Maryland women's soccer to continue progressing forward in its pursuit of championships.
"Eric will be involved in all facets of the program and will focus special effort on recruiting and external operations. We have a lot of exciting new technology we are beginning to use to enhance our players' performance and Eric will be in charge of implementing their use."
Golz comes to Maryland after spending the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Dayton, where he was primarily responsible for recruiting, coordinating scouting reports and designing and organizing training sessions for the Flyers. Under Golz's tutelage, the Flyers, which were ranked as high as 14th by the NSCAA during the season, won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Dayton finished the 2011 season with the 11th-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 2.52 goals per game.
"The University of Maryland has a rich history, a great deal of tradition, and has recently been one of the most successful programs in the nation," said Golz. "It is a special university and program, and I am flattered to have the opportunity to contribute as an assistant. The direction of the program, the level of competition in the ACC, and the opportunity to compete for national championships are all factors that make this an incredibly attractive opportunity.
"Jon has played an integral role in Maryland's turnaround and success of the past few years. I have known him for a long time and am certain that he will flourish as the Terrapins' head coach. I know my experience will enable me to contribute to the continued growth of the program, and I cannot wait to get to work with Jon, Laurie [George], the very talented student-athletes and the rest of the Terps' soccer family."
Prior to coaching at Dayton, Golz ran all aspects of the Iowa Rush, a semi-professional team in the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL), including recruitment, training, fiscal management and management for one season.
During that time, Golz was also the director of Girls Elite Training Program in Iowa, overseeing the development, performance, and strategic planning of the U14-U18 girls teams. He designed age-appropriate, year-round training curriculum marketed towards elite players with an interest in competing at the collegiate level. He oversaw CAP (College Advisory Program), which helped players and parents navigate the college recruiting process. He also served as the head coach for U17 and U14 Nike teams, which each won its respective 2011 Iowa State Cup championship.
Golz is no stranger to the rigors of the ACC, having spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Clemson, where he also served as the recruiting and video coordinator. While with the Tigers, Golz created and implemented Team Desktop Recruiting Software, which allowed for more efficient organization and maintenance of contact with prospective student-athletes. He also helped develop strategies for national/international recruiting and oversaw Clemson's recruiting calendar and recruiting budget. Under Golz's coordination, the Tigers' 2011 recruiting class featured verbal commitments from players in each of the four regions of the United States.
Prior to his stint with the Tigers, Golz spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa. In his three seasons, he helped recruit the 2008, 2009 and 2010 classes, which included eight Region II ODP members and one National Team player. Golz also served as the Hawkeyes' equipment coordinator and camp coordinator.
Golz spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, helping the Falcons to their first two NCAA tournament berths thanks to back-to-back MAC tournament championships. He also served as Bowling Green's recruiting, academic and travel coordinator.
He was an assistant with the Westminster College men's program for the 2003 season and has been a member of the USYSA Region II Olympic Development Program since 2004.
A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Golz was a two-year standout goalkeeper at Grove City College from 1999-2000 and was an All-Presidents Athletic Conference selection. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2002.
Golz holds a USSF "A" and USSF National Goalkeeping license, as well as a Level 1 Goalkeeping License from the NSCAA.