WASHINGTON — American University men's soccer coach Zach Samol has hired Mike Montross as an assistant coach for the 2019 season.
Montross returns back to The District after four years at Villanova. He was previously with Samol for two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Georgetown.
"I'm excited to be joining the American University community and feel honored to be a part of Coach Samol's first staff as a head coach," said Montross. "Having previously worked with Coach Samol, I've seen his passion for the game and his commitment towards student-athletes and treating people the right way. I'm looking forward to working with him on a daily basis once again. On a personal level, my wife and I are excited to get back home as we are both originally from the D.C. area."
At Villanova, Montross was promoted from an assistant coach to associate head coach during his four seasons with the Wildcats. During the 2016 season, The Wildcats appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and finished the season with their highest RPI. On the recruiting trails, Montross was part of the first two (2016, 2017) top-20 ranked classes in program history.
No stranger to the Patriot League, Montross spent two seasons at Lehigh (2013-14) where he helped the Mountain Hawks make the second highest RPI jump of any Division I program (from No. 187 to No. 78) and recorded double-digit victories for the first time since 2006.
"Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his years at Villanova, Lehigh and Georgetown, and we are really excited to have him on board," said Samol. "He has an eye for talent and understands the student-athletes we have at AU and the type we are looking to bring into the program. I'm excited to get to work with him."
In 2012, the Hoyas posted the most single-season wins (19) in program history and earned a Big East Blue Division championship while advancing to the Finals of the NCAA College Cup. That year, Steve Neumann was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and earned College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Brandon Allen was named the Big East Rookie of the Year as well as the national rookie of the year by a number of outlets. That unit also featured two All-Americans as well as six All-Big East honorees. Academically, Keon Parsa was honored with the Elite89 Award, given to the student-athlete at the College Cup with the highest GPA.
Throughout his coaching career, Montross has worked with and prepared 18 student-athletes that signed professional contracts or were drafted by the MLS.
Montross is a 2011 graduate of Dickinson College, where he earned four varsity letters and served as a team captain as a senior. He helped lead his team to its first two conference and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008 and was also on the Dean's List. The native of Bethesda, Md., received a degree in international business and management and minored in Spanish. He speaks Spanish fluently.
Montross received his master's degree in education from Villanova and married Vivianne Alves de Sa in July 2018.
Players To Sign Professional Contracts or Drafted by the MLS
Villanova: Chris Hill, Chris Bared, Zach Zandi
Georgetown: Steve Neumann (2014 #4 pick), Joey Dillon, Brandon Allen, Tyler Rudy, Andy Riemer, Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis, Keegan Rosenberry (2016 #3 pick), Ian Christianson, Tomas Gomez, Cole Seiler, Josh Turnley, Austin Martz
Lehigh: Ciaran Nugent, Jamie Luchini