Sasho Cirovski is the winningest coach in University of Maryland soccer history. A professional indoor player himself in the 1980s, Cirovski led the Terrapins to the 2005 and 2008 NCAA titles and built the program into a national power.
Cirovski was born on October 14, 1962 in Vratnica, Macedonia (then Yugoslavia). He immigrated to Canada as a child and was raised in Windsor.
After completing an outstanding career with W. D. Lowe High School and the Windsor Wheels amateur club, Cirovski accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He enjoyed a very successful career at UWM and was named the school’s top athlete upon his graduation in 1985. Later, he was inducted into the institution’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cirovski briefly played professionally for the Milwaukee Wave of the American Indoor Soccer Association, but he found greater success as a coach. As an assistant, Cirovski spent time with the Wave, the North York Rockets, and his alma mater before getting his first head coaching job at the University of Hartford. There, he twice led his team to the NCAA tournament.
In 1993, Cirovski was hired as the Head Coach of the University of Maryland, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (CCC). At the time of Cirvoski’s induction, Maryland had qualified for the NCAA tournament in 16 out of 18 years under his stewardship. The Terrapins had also reached six College Cups (the soccer Final Four), winning the NCAA Championship in 2005 and 2008. Cirovski had coached 27 All-American players at Maryland.
Cirovski holds an “A” licence from the United States Soccer federation as well as an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He has served as an assistant coach for the Under-17 and Under-20 National Teams, which have competed in youth World Cups.
Cirovski’s wife Shannon (née Higgins) was an All-American soccer player at the University of North Carolina who played 51 times for the United States Women’s National Team. She was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.