Terps Hire Pensky As Women’s Coach.
“Coach Pensky is an experienced and successful coach who has worked with women¹s teams, as well as men,” said Yow. “His passion for Maryland women’s soccer was evident to the entire search committee. Our program¹s future is bright
under his leadership.”
Pensky, who has served as a men’s and women’s assistant coach at the collegiate level, helped the Terrapin men’s soccer team to 57 wins over the past three seasons, including the ACC Tournament title in 2002 and regular season crown in 2003.
“I am grateful to Debbie Yow and and the entire University of Maryland athletic department for giving me this opportunity,” said Pensky. “The tradition of excellence within this department speaks for itself. I am honored to have a chance to be a part of that tradition as a head coach.
” We have student-athletes here that are committed to winning – this team had some terrific results last fall. If we can build on those great moments, our future will be very bright.”
Prior to working under Sasho Cirovski for the past three seasons, where he was involved in all facets of the program, Pensky was an assistant at Loyola (Md.) College where he helped a Greyhound women¹s team win the 2001 MAAC Conference Tournament and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament in his one
season with the program. He came to Loyola after spending three years as an assistant coach in George Washington’s women’s soccer program.
Pensky has also been involved with the Maryland girls’ Olympic Development Program team since 1997. He served as an assistant coach for the Under-15 team from 1999-2000, helping that squad to the 1999 Region I championship and a
national runner-up finish in 2000.
In the spring of 2000, he took over as head coach of the U- 16 team and led the team to a regional championship. In 2001, he worked with the U-16 ODP team and finished as the regional runner-up. Pensky spent the summer of 2001 coaching
the W-League’s Maryland Pride, which reached the Final Four and won the Eastern Conference championship.
He began his coaching career at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., where he later went on to teach and eventually piloted the boys’ soccer team from 1996-98. While at the Bullis School, he was named 1997 High School Coach of the
Year by the Maryland Ledger and paced the 18-1-1 IAC champions to a No. 13 ranking in the nation.
In addition to his college and high school coaching experience, Pensky coached the Bethesda Soccer Club from 1991-99.
Pensky holds a bachelor of economics degree from Emory University, as well as an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation, an NSCAA Premier and NSCAA goalkeeping diploma.
Pensky and his wife, Abby, have three children, twins Will and Alex who turned three in January, and Ben who turned one in March. The Pensky family resides in Kensington, Md.