Michael Dellorusso enters his first year as head coach of Arizona United Soccer Club.
Before joining Arizona United, Dellorusso served as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland men’s soccer team from 2010-2013. During his four-year tenure at Maryland, Dellorusso helped guide the program to four straight Sweet Sixteen and two Final Four appearances in the NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament. In his final season at Maryland, the Terrapins lost in the NCAA championship match to Notre Dame, 2-1. At Maryland, Dellorusso coached several players who are now in professional soccer, including Patrick Mullins (New England Revolution), John Stertzer (Real Salt Lake), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), London Woodberry (FC Dallas), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union) and Casey Townsend (Tampa Bay Rowdies).
A native of Columbia, Md., Dellorusso played collegiately at Maryland and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season in 2005 Dellorusso helped lead the program to a national championship, the Terrapins’ first national championship since 1968. After his collegiate career, Dellorusso was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas, for which he made 11 appearances in four years. He also played professionally for the Austin Aztex of USL PRO.
Dellorusso has a U.S. Soccer National ‘A’ License coach and has held this license for a number of years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Hilary, and their dog Ari and likes to play golf.