WASHINGTON -- Michelle Demko, who has experience coaching at the highest level collegiately and internationally, has been named GW women’s soccer head coach, director of athletics and recreation Tanya Vogel announced on Friday.
Demko comes to GW after an eight-year stint as head coach at UNC Asheville, where she built a competitive program that increased its win total in each of her first six seasons at the helm.
“I am honored to join the Colonial family,” said Demko. “This institution has a rich tradition of excellence in competition, classroom and community. I am excited to step into my role and lead this program to help further that tradition. The women’s soccer program has been successful for a number of years. I look forward to building upon that success while continuing to push this program forward. I would like to thank Tanya Vogel and her team for an incredible opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program at George Washington.”
“We are thrilled to have Coach Demko join the GW Athletics family,” said Vogel. “Michelle’s passion, commitment
Demko coached 10 UNC Asheville Bulldogs to a total of 14 Big South All-Conference honors after stints as an assistant coach at Nebraska (2007-10) and North Carolina State (2003-06). As the Huskers’ recruiting coordinator, she helped bring in student-athletes that posted three straight winning seasons while increasing their win total each year.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Demko had a successful professional playing career. She was drafted 63rd overall by the Philadelphia Charge and played two seasons in the WUSA, leading Philadelphia into the inaugural 2001 Founders Cup Final Four.
Her time in the WUSA followed a three-year run playing professionally in Germany in the Frauen Bundesliga for the SC Klinge Seckah, FSV Frankfurt
She was a starter for all three teams and led Bayern Munich to a league championship as the team captain and MVP. Additionally, Demko captured a national title while playing stateside with the W-League’s Maryland Pride from 1994 to 1996.
Demko has been involved with U.S. Soccer since her playing days, when she competed in national team training camps in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and earned a cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team while playing against Germany in 1997. She’s had three coaching assignments within U.S. Soccer, most recently serving as an assistant coach on the Under-23 Women’s National Team in 2013 when the U.S. won a Four Nation’s tournament in Spain. Prior to that, she trained the Under-20 Women’s National Team in 2011 and again in 2012 as it prepared for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
Demko, who played soccer at Maryland under former U.S. National Team Coach April Heinrichs, was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary Women’s Soccer Team. While playing at Maryland, she served as a two-year captain and was voted MVP by her team. She also earned first-team All-ACC honors.
“Hiring Michelle is a great move for GW women’s soccer,” said Heinrichs. “Michelle recruits and coaches with a dynamic and charismatic personality. She made a great transition from player to assistant coach to head coach by working with some of our nation’s finest players and coaches in Division I soccer. The student-athletes at GW are the luckiest players in America right now. They will love Michelle. She is a soccer gem and a coach that will maximize player’s abilities on the field while loving and supporting her players off the field and in life.”
A native of Largo, Fla., Demko received a bachelor’s degree of Science-Kinesiology from Maryland in 1996. Prior to her arrival at Maryland, she played soccer at Barry University in Miami, Fla. She helped lead Barry to the 1992 NCAA Division II national title as she scored in the championship match against Adelphi and earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Demko inherits a team which went 10-5-4 last season and returns nine starters and 22