Marcia McDermott, a trailblazer among college women's soccer coaches, was named the head coach of the Army Black Knights, as announced by Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan in January 2013. McDermott takes over as the fourth head coach of the program, which is set to enter its 28th season in the fall of 2013.
McDermott comes to West Point after most recently serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team in 2011. McDermott joined Team U.S.A. in early 2011, working with the forwards and managing the scouting duties for the silver medal World Cup squad.
With nearly 25 years of collegiate, professional and national coaching experience under her belt, McDermott will look to recharge the Army program which has earned two NCAA Championship berths in the past five seasons.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Marcia join the West Point team," said Corrigan. "We talk a lot about fit here at West Point and she fits in all categories with our mission. She has demonstrated great leadership in her time as both a coach and an administrator on the collegiate, professional and national team levels."
As a student-athlete, McDermott led the University of North Carolina to three national titles in 1983, '84 and '86, serving as co-captain in 1986 during an All-American season. She went on to play on the U.S. Women's National team in 1986 and 1988 before taking her first coaching job at North Carolina-Greensboro as an assistant following her graduation from UNC in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in English.
After one year with the Spartans, McDermott was hired as the head coach at Maryland, helping to lay the groundwork in a newly founded program. Prior to the start of the 1990 season, McDermott took the head job at Arkansas where she set the program standard for wins in a season (11) in just her second year with the Razorbacks. That mark still stands today.
In 1994, McDermott was named Northwestern's first head coach. McDermott enjoyed a successful seven-season term with the Wildcats, which included a run to the Sweet 16 in 1998, while being named the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year twice (1996, 1998). She averaged over eight wins per season at Northwestern, including 13 victories in 1996 and the school-record 16-5-1 season in 1998.
McDermott then moved on to the professional ranks in 2001 as the head coach of the Carolina Courage during its premier season in the Women's United Soccer Association. Success came after just one year as the Courage won the 2002 regular season and the Founder's Cup following a 12-4-5 campaign.
McDermott served as a scout for the U.S. Women's National Team during the 2003 World Cup, where Team U.S.A. earned a bronze medal.
McDermott returned to the collegiate coaching ranks in 2006 when she was hired as an assistant coach in charge of the attack and recruiting at Illinois. A season later, she was promoted to associate head coach after helping turn the Illini into a potent offensive team as they scored three or more goals in eight matches. She also helped develop a balanced Illinois attack, with four players scoring five or more goals.
McDermott returned to the professional game in 2008, serving as the general manager of the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League through 2010.
McDermott maintained her duties as a scout for the U.S. National Team, including terms during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics where U.S.A. captured gold medals.
McDermott also is very active in the NSCAA, having served on the various committees, the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee, all culminating as term as President in 2010. She has been recognized on a number of levels to include being named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team in 2002, while being inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.
"I'm excited and honored to be selected to coach women's soccer at Army. There is a tremendous tradition of excellence at West Point in the academic, leadership mission and the athletic department. I'm looking forward to work with this team, to build on their past successes and create truly unique college soccer program.
McDermott will reside at West Point.
McDermott Coaching File Collegiate Head Coach (85-89-11) Northwestern University, 1994-2000 (59-66-8) 1998 NCAA Round of 16 1996 NCAA First Round University of Arkansas, 1990-92 (26-23-2) University of Maryland, 1989 (3-12-1)
Collegiate Assistant Coach (38-22-2) University of Illinois, 2006-07 2007 NCAA Second Round 2006 NCAA Round of 16 University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1988
Professional Head Coach (18-16-8) Carolina Courage, Women's United Soccer Association 2001-02 2002 Founder's Cup Champions