St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine announced Friday afternoon that Richard Möller would come in as the women's soccer program's fourth head coach effective July 1.
Devine exclaimed, "After a very competitive national search, it is with great pleasure that I announce Richard Möller as our next head women's soccer coach at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Richard's experience as an All-America player at Towson; his ties to the German football system, and his strong recruiting track record make him the ideal person to take hold of the reigns of our program and continue to build on an already strong foundation."
A veteran coach, Möller comes to St. Mary's following a six-year stint as the head women's soccer coach at NCAA Division III Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) of the Liberty League. He led the Vassar Brewers to a six-year record of 53-42-6, including four straight winning seasons between 2007 and 2010. Vassar advanced to the program's first-ever Liberty championship game in 2010, pushing nationally-ranked and perennial powerhouse, William Smith College, to a shootout. The Brewers also enjoyed their first-ever regional ranking as they finished the 2010 season ranked seventh in the NSCAA East region.
"I am humbled and honored to be the next head women's soccer coach at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The student-athletes have tremendous pride in the College and I'm thrilled to be their new coach, and eager to get started," Möller expressed. "I want to express my gratitude to Scott Devine, Tom Fisher, and the entire search committee for this exciting opportunity."
The Ludwigshafen, Germany native brings a vast array of knowledge and experience as a coach and player. Möller has brought his love of the game to both the Division I and III levels, earning his first head coaching position at Division I Western Illinois University for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. While at Western Illinois, he guided the team to their first appearance in the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as the Summit League) tournament in three-years during his first season.
His coaching career has also included assistant coaching stops at Division I Dartmouth College and Division III Smith College and Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University). Internationally, Möller worked with the German Girls U17 and U16 National Teams as an assistant under Ralf Peter and this past March, he assisted with FFC Frankfurt, one of the three best female club teams in Europe.
A 1999 graduate of Towson University, Möller was the Tigers' first America East Conference Player of the Year as well as their first NSCAA Division I All-American. He helped Towson to its first America East regular-season championship with an 8-1 record and the Towson Tigers advanced to a pair of America East tournament finals during his four-year career.
Professionally, Möller was drafted as the overall No. 1 pick by Maryland Mania (A-League)/D.C. United (Major League Soccer), playing for them from 1999 to 2000. He was drafted as the No. 2 overall pick by the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League, playing for the Blast from 2000-2001. Möller enjoyed success as well with several German squads, including gaining a championship title with IFC Kaiserslautern.
"Coach Möller will bring a unique combination of skills and experiences to his new post with the Seahawk women's soccer program. He impressed everyone that he met with throughout the interview process, and this just seems like an excellent fit all the way around. We are extremely excited to welcome Richard to the Seahawk Athletic family and the St. Mary's College of Maryland community," continued Devine.
Möller explained, "There were a number of factors that went into this decision, including the tradition of athletic excellence, the passionate players, and the first-class facilities. But most importantly, I was very impressed by the family atmosphere within this athletics department, and I was very much drawn to that. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to join the Seahawk Athletics family."
He graduated from Towson with Latin honors and 4.0 GPA, earning a bachelor's of arts degree in modern languages. Möller then garnered a master's in exercise and sport studies from Smith in 2003.