Girls Soccer Coaches
Alma Mater: George Mason, 1998
Years at ASU: 6
Sarah Strickland, a fourteen-year coaching veteran at the club, collegiate and national levels, is the third women's soccer head coach in Appalachian State University history.
Strickland most recently was as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, where she served as the program's recruiting coordinator and goalkeepers' coach for the past two seasons. She was instrumental in MSU's turnaround from four-consecutive losing seasons to a 9-8-2 record in 2009, the program's first winning season in six years. During the successful '09 campaign, the Bulldogs set records for consecutive wins (eight) and shutouts (four) and achieved the highest RPI ranking in school history (No. 41). Under Strickland's tutelage, goalkeeper Taryn Holland ranked second in Southeastern Conference history with 368 career saves and set school records for saves and shutouts.
Prior to her stint in the SEC, Strickland was a well-respected club soccer coach and administrator in Alabama for eight years. During that time, she served as the director of coaching for the Montgomery YMCA Capital City Streaks (2000-04), Girls' Director of Coaching for the American Soccer Club (2004-06) and Staff Director for the Birmingham United Soccer Association (2006-07).
She began her coaching career on the collegiate level as an assistant coach at Troy in 1998 and served as the program's interim head coach during the 1999 offseason. From there, she moved on to Auburn University at Montgomery, where she was an assistant on the men's and women's staffs from 1999-2000.
On the national level, Strickland is a United States Soccer Federation "B" licensed coach and served on the staff of the U-14 national program in 2001. She also coached on the Alabama Olympic Development Program boys' and girls' staffs from 1998-2002 and the Mississippi ODP girls' staff in 2009.
The former Sarah Churchill was a three-year letterwinner at George Mason, where she helped lead the Patriots to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997, including a berth in the Sweet 16 in '97. She was a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Award winner and graduated from GMU with a B.A. in psychology in 1998. She earned a M.S. in foundations of education from Troy in 1999.
Alma Mater: App State
Years at ASU: 1
Amy Kolowsky will enter her first season as a member of head coach Sarah Strickland's coaching staff for the Mountaineer women's soccer program. Kolowsky spent the previous five seasons as a goalkeeper in the women's soccer program under Strickland. She currently is seventh all-time for single-season saves (95) and sixth all-time for career saves (131) in program history.
Kolowsky brings club coaching experience, specifically with goalkeepers at the High Country Soccer Association (HCSA) and currently holds a USSF Class E Coaching license.
Years at ASU: 1