Women's Soccer Announces Staff Changes
April 24, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer head coach Ed Matz has announced his staff for the 2013 season. Rebecca Capinera, who will be entering her third year on the sidelines for the Minutewomen, has been promoted to top assistant, while 2009 Dayton graduate Courtney Sirmans has been added as an assistant coach.
"Rebecca has done an outstanding job for UMass the past two years, not only developing our goalkeepers, but all our players," said Matz. "She has more than proven herself to be ready to be a top assistant at the Division I level.
We had a tremendous amount of interest and a large pool of extremely qualified applicants, and I am pleased that we were able to bring Courtney on board. Her playing career and coaching experiences at both Dayton and Wright State, as well as her outgoing personality, will be great assets to our program."
"I am extremely excited to join the staff at UMass and having the privilege to work alongside Ed and Rebecca," said Sirmans. "I want to thank the school's administration for providing such a great opportunity for me to continue to learn and grow as a young college coach. I look forward to sustaining the success of an already very decorated UMass program, while helping the team and staff pursue even higher levels of achievement."
Sirmans spent the 2012 season coaching at her alma mater following a three-year stint as an assistant at Wright State. Working with the Flyers' defense, she mentored an all-region, All-Atlantic 10 honoree in Alysha Mallon last fall.
During her time as an undergraduate at Dayton, Sirmans appeared in 75 games with 59 starts and logged eight goals and 11 assists in her four-years at UD. She was tabbed an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz magazine in 2004 after totaling 15 points on five goals and five assists to finish fourth on the team in scoring as a freshman. Also earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team during her first season with the Flyers, she collected her first of two Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team accolades, as well. Sirmans assisted on both goals in the conference semifinals that year and set up the game winner in overtime in the championship match to help the Flyers earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Following her collegiate career, Sirmans had a trial with TSV Crailsheim, which is part of the top division German Women's Bundesliga, and was also invited to a tryout with the Women's Professional Soccer's Washington Freedom.
Sirmans also has extensive club coaching experience as she has worked with Ohio Galaxies since 2010 and coached one of the best teams in the Dayton area that was ranked as high as second in Ohio South.
Prior to attending the University of Dayton, Sirmans was a five-time member of the Ohio Olympic Development Program state team. She also played year-round for the Dayton Soccer Academy after three years of high school play for the Centerville Elks. Sirmans helped lead DSA to State Cup titles in the first three years of the club's existence in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and DSA was runner-up in the US Club Nationals in 2003.
A native of Centerville, Ohio, Sirmans graduated from Dayton in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science.