A native of Crofton, Maryland, Nimser, who graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, returns to her home state after spending the last 14 years on the coaching staff at her alma mater, Rutgers University.
“I’m thrilled to be back home to serve as the head coach for the Maryland women’s soccer program,” Namezer said. “I am so grateful to Damon EvansAnd Sean Flynn The committee will look for their time and effort during this entire process. What got me excited early on through this process is the vision and values we all share for this programme. Our goal is to drive a culture of tournament vision and focus on the process to achieve this goal. The University of Maryland is a world class institution and I am so fortunate to be back home and can’t wait to get started.”
Nimser has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach for Rutgers, helping the Crimson Knights in the 2021 College Cup, which they played last weekend, and a final ranking third statewide. Rutgers captured the 2021 Big Ten Championship, undefeated in team play (10-0) and set an overall record of 19-4-2.
“Meghan is a confirmed winner, a champion born and raised in Maryland,” Evans said. “We are excited for her to lead the women’s soccer program as we enter a new era with Terrapins. Megan had all the attributes we were looking for: someone who won at the highest levels in the sport; someone who understood what it took to build a program; someone with outstanding recruitment connections and connections; someone The Big Ten convention and someone with great pride knows the state of Maryland. It was the complete package for us and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Meghan, her husband Joe, and their daughter, Bethany, to the One Maryland family.”
Last season, the Crimson Knights earned a top-ranked NCAA Tournament en route to the College Cup, dropping a simple 1-0 decision for the eventual champion in Florida. With Nemzer, the Rutgers have earned bids in the last 10 NCAA tournaments and 12 times in their 14 years on the staff with two NCAA College Cup appearances. In 2021, the Scarlet Knights published their first undefeated season in the Big Ten Conference since 2005.
Nemzer was part of the 2021 North District squad, led by head coach Mike O’Neill. In 2018, she was named one of the Top 5 NCAA Associate/Associate Coaches by Top Drawer Soccer.
Over the past 14 years with Nemzer on the staff, Rutgers has scored 12 seasons with double-digit wins. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, the Scarlet Knights have had an overall record of 111-32-29 for a win percentage of 73 percent, the second-best record among all Big Ten schools during that time. In the Big Ten games, they have racked up a record of 56-15-18, also with a win percentage of 73 percent. The 15th conference losses are the fewest of any Big Ten team since 2014.
Throughout Nemzer’s training with the Scarlet Knights, the program has produced eight selections for the MAC Hermann Trophy nominees, 13 United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) picks, 35 United Soccer Coaches All-Region picks, 34 All-Big Ten picks, including That’s 14 honorees from the first team.
This season, Rutgers had two semi-finalists (Gabi Provenzano and Frankie Taglifieri) in the Mac-Herman Cup, and had reached the semi-finalists for the Player of the Year award for three consecutive seasons and a fourth in the past five years – Amira Ali (2020), Amira Ali (2019), Casey Murphy (2017).
Rutgers also received the United Soccer Coaches Academy Award for the 2020-21 season, marking the eleventh consecutive year that the Scarlet Knights have been awarded.
With Nemzer as the RU’s defense coordinator, the Scarlet Knights have not averaged above 1.06 in Nemzer’s training career (since 2008), 10 posting GAA under 1.00 and nine posting GAA under 0.68 – including the 2021 College Cup season.
Under Nemzer’s supervision, eight of the Scarlet Knights have gone on to play professional football over the past six seasons with six of them drafted into the NWSL.
At the club level, Nemzer has featured with the Player Development Academy (PDA) as Head Coach for the PDA and Arsenal and Assistant Head Coach for the PDA Slmmers. Niemzer coached Arsenal in the 2015 ECNL Under-17 National Championship, winning two more ECNL national titles as an assistant with the Slammers (2014, 2013). She was the first female coach in ECNL history to win a national championship.
As president of Arsenal, Nemzer has led the club to continued success. Arsenal finished 2016 third in the ECNL Under-18 National Championship, taking the ECNL Northeast Conference title. The team finished the 2014 season first in the ECNL Northeast Division en route to the No. 5 national standings. In 2012, Niemser coached Arsenal to second in the country and won the ECNL Northeast Conference U14 Championship. The team placed third at the Nationals level that year.
Niemsr served as the co-captain of the Crimson Knights for three consecutive seasons (2005-2007), starting in her sophomore year. After an injury caused her to miss her campaign as a freshman, she started 67 of 75 games over the rest of her career. Nemzer was a key figure in a defense that allowed 0.85 goals per game in 2004 and boasted 0.88 goals versus the 2005 average. That season, the team scored two clean sheets against eight opponents. In 2006 Nimser cemented a defense that was arguably one of the best in the country. The team finished 16-3-4, allowing only six goals and scoring 16 goals, the most in the history of the program.
Nemzer was a two-time BIG EAST Academy Defensive Player, three-time Senior Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC Defensive Player, and the one-time Honored SoccerBuzz Elite of the Week. After her junior year, she was named the second-team mid-Atlantic team by SoccerBuzz magazine in 2006, and after her first year in 2007, she was awarded an All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Rutgers University in 2008.
Meghan and husband Joe Nimser welcomed their daughter Bethany in September 2020.
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