Saturday, December 13, 2008


The Terps coach is an interesting cat and a dynamite soccer coach.

Born in Yugoslavia, Sasho “Lefty DrisellovichCirovski shocked the folks at College Park when he stated (just like the OlLefthander) that his intentions were to "win the national championship."

Soon his teams began to turn out winning records, and in 2002, the Terps began a remarkable streak of four consecutive appearances in the NCAA College Cup, the final four of men's NCAA college soccer. In 2005, they captured the national title with a 1-0 win over top-ranked New Mexico.

Whether Drisellovich will admit it or not, he learned most of the important soccer stuff from his wife Shannon Higgins who played collegiate soccer at the most dominant school in the history of the sport – the University of North Carolina. By the way, she was good. Really good. Higgins was enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the fall of 2002.

In this age of ubiquitous corporate naming rights deals for stadiums, Cirovski decided to join in on the act.

After last Saturday’s 1-0 win against Creighton, Cirovski said one of the team’s mottos this year was, “from the Home Depot [Center] to Pizza Hut Park.” The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was the site of the Terps’ season-opening 2-1 overtime win against UCLA on Aug. 29. Pizza Hut Park is the home of this weekend’s College Cup in Frisco,Texas.

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