The women’s soccer team are currently 2-2-1 as they kick off their first season with new head coach Richard Moller.
Moller, who replaced head coach Brianne Weaver ‘00 as she left St. Mary’s to assume a coaching position at Bowdoin College in Maine, came to the squad with both professional play and college coaching experience.
Having played for Towson University, where he graduated in 1999, he went on to be drafted by Maryland Mania/D.C. United where he played for two years. He was then drafted by the Baltimore Blast in 2000, where he played for another year, and also where he got his first taste of coaching as an assistant coach for Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University). Moller also played internationally, picking up a championship title with IFC Kaiserslautern in Germany.
In 2003, he got his first Division I coaching job at Western Illinois University, where he coached for two seasons before heading to Vassar College in New York in 2006. He would head coach for six seasons before finally returning to Maryland to coach at St. Mary’s.
Moller described his transition back to Maryland positively, noting that “in short, St. Mary’s has it all,” when considering the perks of a coaching job. “I was looking for a college with great education, great location, and the potential to compete nationally,” he said.
Also, coming back to Maryland has been a good thing for his family life. “Personally, I am back home [and] back in the state I call home. Many of my friends and my wife’s parents live in Maryland. I also have a one and a half-year-old son, and my wife and I want to raise him in Maryland,” he said.
As far as the season goes, Moller claimed he is most excited “to establish a culture and a mentality as a group to continue to move forward with the intent to become a powerhouse in the conference in the years to come.”
“The program has done well and my goal is to add another angle/give it another push in the hope to compete nationally in years to come. My coaching style is different then they are used to from the previous coach,” Moller noted about filling the shoes of Weaver. “The team is buying into what we coaches are trying to do and we are already heading in the right direction.”
Moller’s players feel the same and are also excited for the rest of the season with his at the helm. “Seeing how much we have learned from our new coach in just the short amount of time that we have had so far makes me excited for what is yet to come,” said junior Stephanie Shultz. “We have a very competitive schedule, but if we keep up the hard work, then we will have a very successful season.”
Coming off last year’s season at 6-7-3, Moller mentioned that the team is “setting high goals for ourselves and the program and we want to accomplish these goals step by step.”
The squad is currently .500 on the season with two wins against Randolph-Macon and Methodist, and two losses against Stevenson and McDaniel while tying their only conference component this far in the season, York College on Sep. 15.
The next scheduled game for the wome’s team is Wednesday, Sep. 19 at Johns Hopkins University at 7pm.