July 26, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Women’s soccer Head Coach Patrick Baker
completed the soccer coaching staff this spring, hiring Darren Ambrose and
Lauren Cyran as his two assistant coaches. Ambrose will be responsible for
goalkeeper training and administrative duties as Cyran will serve as the
recruiting coordinator and assist with on the field duties.
Ambrose comes to the Florida State soccer program after spending three
years as the women’s and men’s assistant coach at Rhodes in Memphis,
Tennessee. During his tenure at Rhodes, Ambrose was an integral part of the
success of both programs that had a combined record of 77-33-3, one
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship, two NCAA
tournament appearances and three second place finishes in the SCAC. His
goalkeepers were among the best in the region as several received
all-region honors. His responsibilities included recruiting, team and
goalkeeper training and numerous administrative duties.
Ambrose began his coaching career at Rhodes as a graduate assistant from
1993-95 while earning a Master’s degree in sports administration from the
University of Memphis. He moved on to serve as the men’s assistant coach at
The University of Connecticut under legendary Head Coach Joe Morrone for
the 1995-96 year before returning to Rhodes in the fall of 1996.
Ambrose has also been active in the youth soccer community. As head coach
of the Memphis FC ’81 girls, Ambrose led the squad to second place in the
State Cup in 1997 and a State Championship 1998. He also directed the team
to victory in Europe, where his U17 team was crowned champion in the women’
s open division of the Dana Cup in Denmark (1998) beating teams from
Norway, Brazil, New Zealand, Portugal, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden. He has
served as a regional staff coach for the Olympic Development Program in
regions II and III and was a Tennessee ODP state staff coach from 1993-95.
He holds both the USSF A License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Born near Sheffield, England, Ambrose began playing soccer with the youth
programs of Sheffield United of the English League first division and
Doncaster Rovers of the English League third division and participated on
the English Schools Regional Team. He came to the United States in 1989 to
play goalkeeper for USC-Spartanburg. He was named the Adidas National
Player of the Year in 1992-93 and was the first USCS player to be named a
GTE Academic All-American. Ambrose also carried USCS Outstanding Senior
Student-Athlete honors in 1992-93.
Ambrose, a two time All-South Region selection, was named to the All Peach
Belt Conference teams in 1991 and 1992. In his junior year he set a school
record for goals against in a season with 11 (1991) and was second in the
nation with a goals against average of 0.52. USCS made appearances in the
NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1992 and the Rifles were ranked as high as 5th
nationally at the end of his senior year.
Ambrose received a Bachelor’s degree in management accounting (cum laude)
from USCS in 1993. He spent one year playing for the Columbia Spirit of
the USISL before beginning his coaching career.
Cyran enters her first year as an assistant coach for the Florida State
soccer program after spending one year under Coach Baker at the University
Cyran served as assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania for the
1998 season where she worked with all aspects of the program. She served as
the recruiting coordinater as well as playing an active part in the on the
field training and practices. Prior to joining Penn, Cyran was the head
coach of a Durham, North Carolina Under-12 girls soccer team for two years
and served as the assistant coach with the Lakewood Fury’s Under-15 soccer
team. She also was a coach at the Duke University soccer camp in 1996 and
served three years as an instructor for the Lakewood Furv’s soccer camp.
A native of Littleton, Colorado, Cyran graduated from Duke University in
1998 with a bachelor’s in public policy studies. As a four-year
letterwinner, she garnered Second-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors
in 1994 and 1997 and served as the team captain her junior and senior
years. Cyran was also named Rookie of the Year in 1994 and the team’s MVP
defender as a junior.
As a member of the 1996 and 1997 Western Regional Champion Denver Diamonds
during the summer, Cyran was named team captain both years and was named to
the 1997 all-star team. She also played one season with the Colorado
Lakewood Fury, an Under-20 USWISL team, and served as the team captain.
Cyran will work towards her masters degree in higher education
administration during her time at Florida State.