Staff
Head Coach
Vanessa Mann

Vanessa Mann was named the ninth women's soccer coach in UMBC history in January, 2018.

Mann comes to UMBC after spending three seasons as the assistant coach at William and Mary. In her first season with the Tribe, Mann helped lead the team to a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) co-regular season title, a 2015 College Cup bid, where the Tribe defeated Central Florida in penalty kicks in the first round, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 ranking. Mann also helped coach nine players to 11 different CAA honors, including Defensive Player of the Year Caroline Casey. Casey, who also earned NSCAA First-Team All-America Honors that year, was drafted by the NWSL's Sky Blue FC.

In 2016, Mann helped guide the Tribe to a 10-win season, their NCAA record 36th consecutive winning season. Under Mann's guidance, William and Mary returned to the CAA semifinals for the sixth straight year and had six players named to eight different awards, including Co-Defensive Player of the Year Clara Logsdon.

Prior to her time at William and Mary, Mann was an assistant at the University of Oklahoma during the 2014 season where she helped lead the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship game and an appearance in the College Cup. Mann also guided two Sooners to the Big 12's All-Newcomer Team.

Before Mann's stint in Norman, she spent a season as the volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Nevada. During her time with the Wolf Pack, she developed the team training sessions for both goalkeepers and field players, while assisting in the day-to-day running of the program.

On the club level, Mann was a founding member and director of coaching for the Legacy Football Club in Sparks, Nevada, for four years. She also has experience as a U.S. Soccer Coaching License Instructor and with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Oklahoma.

Mann also served as the youth coach for the Nevada Elite Football Club (2008-2010), Coerver Coaching (2001-07), and Illawarra Stingrays (2005-07).

Mann brings a list of impressive coaching accreditations with her to Baltimore, including a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma, and NSCAA Level 1&2 Goalkeeping Diploma. She is also a NCAA Women's Coaches Academy graduate and passed her NCAA recruiting certification.

A native of New South Wales, Australia, Mann played collegiately at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2007 to 2010, earning Academic All-WAC honors in 2008. She earned her degree from Nevada in health ecology in 2011.

Assistant Coach
Sam Kirschenbaum

Sam Kirschenbaum was named Director of Player Development in March 2018 after spending two seasons at Virginia Wesleyan.

In his two seasons at VWU, the Marlins made two appearances in the NCAA tournament and finished both seasons ranked in the South Atlantic Region. In 2017, the Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team clinched the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season title, their first regular-season title since 2012. The team also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and won its first-round game against Tufts University, its first NCAA victory since 2007. The squad would go on to finish the year ranked 24th in the final national poll for Division III women's soccer. In 2016, the Marlins went undefeated in conference play and made it to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 2011. The team also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which was their first bid since 2012. In Kirschenbaum's two seasons the Marlins hold a 16-1-3 record in ODAC play and finished both seasons as the fifth-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region by the NCAA.

Prior to his time at VWU, Kirschenbaum was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Marist. While with the Red Foxes, Kirschenbaum was responsible for recruiting student-athletes, coordinating training sessions, video analysis, and scouting opponents. During those two seasons, Marist climbed from a 10th place to 3rd place regular season finish in the MAAC, including a 6-3-1 conference record in 2015. In Kirschenbaum's second season with the Red Foxes, 3 freshmen were selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, a number more than any other program in the conference. From 2014 to 2015, Marist more than tripled their wins, doubled their goals, and saw an increase in shot total and SOG percentage.

While at Marist, Kirschenbaum was also involved in youth soccer, serving as the Director of Coaching for the Hyde Park Soccer Club. As the clubs first ever Director of Coaching, Kirschenbaum organized Fall and Spring clinics, created age-specific curriculum, hired coaching staff, and built the Hyde Park pre-academy program.

Kirschenbaum is an ODP Region I Staff Coach and is currently the Assistant Coach with the program's Under-14 girls team. In addition to Region I, he has worked with the Eastern New York ODP, serving as the head coach for the Under-16 girls team in 2016

Kirschenbaum played soccer at SUNY Cortland, where he was a three-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team honoree. He graduated from Cortland with a B.S. in psychology with summa cum laude honors.

He went on to play semi-professionally in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) for the Westchester Flames. Kirschenbaum also played in the First Division of the Cosmopolitan League with the Manhattan Celtic.

Kirschenbaum holds a Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) and a D License from the USSF. He serves as an associate staff coach for United Soccer Coaches and was chosen as a member of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under-30 program in 2017.

Assistant Coach
Jen Mavis

Jen Mavis was hired as Assistant Coach/Director of Camps and Clinics in March 2018 after spending three years at William & Mary as the Tribes' goalkeepers coach.

As the goalkeepers' coach, Mavis helped usher in three new goalkeepers after the graduation of senior Caroline Casey in 2015. In 2016, Redshirt junior Grace Smith, junior Samantha Johnson, and freshman Kaitlyn Briguglio finished the year with a combined 1.35 goals-against-average, 92 saves and six shutouts. Moreover, six players garnered eight All-CAA awards in 2016, including CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year Clara Logsdon. As a team, the Tribe won 10 games, moved their consecutive winning seasons mark to 36, an NCAA record, and advanced to the CAA semifinals for the sixth straight year.

In just her first season, Mavis helped the Tribe return to national prominence and the NCAA College Cup. W&M won 14 games in 2015 and spent time in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. In league action, the Tribe posted a 7-1-1 record, won a share of the regular season title, and advanced to the CAA Championship match. All of that was enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA College Cup, where the College advanced to the Second Round with a penalty kick victory over Central Florida. Individually, Mavis helped guide nine Tribe players to CAA awards, including Defensive Player of the Year Caroline Casey and first-team selections Nicole Baxter and Clara Logsdon. Casey, who was drafted in the NWSL by Sky Blue FC, also earned NSCAA First-Team All-America honors.

Mavis spent the 2014 season at Oklahoma, where she was the director of soccer operations. During her one season with the Sooners, she helped the team to a 10-win season and a berth in the Big 12 Championship match. While at Oklahoma, Mavis was responsible for monitoring the academics of the 30 student-athletes, overseeing student-athletes like skills, preparation for the NCAA Tournament First Round, recruiting correspondence, gameday operation, and much more.

Aside from gaining experience at the college level, Mavis has a vast experience at the club level.

Last year she worked as the assistant director of coaching for the Oklahoma Soccer Association, where she worked with the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Mavis also was the president, founder, and goalkeeper director of the Legacy Football Club in Sparks, Nevada.

Mavis has an impressive list of credentials in terms of certifications. She has earned her United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level III Goalkeeper Diploma, and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

She played her college soccer at Nevada from 2003-06, playing goalkeeper primarily, but played nine games as a field player. She helped Nevada to their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, after winning the WAC Championship. She earned her bachelors degree in health ecology in 2008 from Nevada, while she is working on a master’s in educational leadership with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics.