TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University head soccer coach Mark Krikorian announced the hiring of Miranda Armstrong as a volunteer assistant coach with the women’s soccer program. Armstrong spent the last four seasons as head coach of the women’s soccer team at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. before arriving in Tallahassee. Her experience includes a combined eight years as both a head and an assistant coach as well as five years of playing at the professional level.
“We are excited to have Miranda join our staff,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge including previous head coaching experience. She has had a lot of exciting opportunities in this game and we are looking forward to her bringing and sharing some of that knowledge with our team.”
Armstrong has coached at the collegiate level since 1999. She began her coaching career at Seattle Community College where she helped start the women’s soccer program serving as an assistant coach for two seasons before assuming head coaching duties at SCC for a year in 2001.
In 2002, Armstrong moved to the Midwest and found herself at Division II Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. There she served as an assistant coach on the women’s soccer and track and field teams. In just one season at UIU, the Peacocks matched their win total from the previous season despite having just two seniors on their 13-woman roster.
A year later, Armstrong was named head coach of the women’s soccer program at Shenandoah University. In four seasons at SU, Armstrong amassed a record of 28-41-5 (.412) while leading the Hornets to three straight appearances in the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament. Her 28 wins places her second all-time at Shenandoah for career victories. Under her tutelage, SU earned 18 All-Conference honors including defender Lauren Carpinello who was named all-conference all four years. Carpinello was also named a second team Academic All-District by ESPN the Magazine last year. In 2005, Armstrong guided the program to its first winning season since 1998 as the Hornets posted an overall record of 10-8-1, 3-3 in league play to finish fourth in the USA South. That year, SU placed a school record eight student-athletes on the USA South All-Conference team while playing host to a first round game in the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament for the first-time in school history. The 10 wins were the most since 1998 when the Hornets recorded 12 victories and it was the most conference wins since 1999.
Armstrong’s professional experience stems back to 1998 when she helped discover the Hibernian and Caledonian Saints women’s team. She played with the team for four seasons before completing her professional career in 2002 as she played a season with the Seattle Sounders in the United Soccer League.
A graduate of Seattle University in 1998, Armstrong played three seasons of varsity soccer with the Redhawks where she ranks in the top 10 for career assists, set the school record for assists in a half and was the recipient for the 1997 Inspirational Award. She also competed in basketball for one season at Seattle. In 2005, Armstrong completed her masters’ degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University.
Armstrong holds a National C License with the United States Soccer Federation and both Goalkeeper and Regional Licenses through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.