June 11, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State head soccer coach Patrick Baker announced a new member of the Seminole soccer staff when he introduced Samantha Andersch as the Seminoles assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Andersch replaces Lauren Cyran who left Florida State to take a job with the State of Florida Legislature as a legislative analyst after the 2000 season.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone with Samantha’s qualities coming in as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator,” said Baker. “She was a very accomplished player and I believe she will be able to relate to our current and future players in a very positive manner.”
Andersch has been involved with coaching at all levels of soccer for the past four years. Most recently, she coached the Junior Varsity soccer team at Staples High School in Westport, Ct. Before taking that position, she spent two seasons serving as a graduate assistant for the Fairfield Stags women’s soccer program where she was involved with evaluating potential recruits, assisting in practice and game preparations and providing academic support and retention for student-athletes. While at Fairfield, the Stags made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, won the MAAC Conference Championship in 1999 and posted a 24-14-4 record in two seasons. Andersch also coached the Fairfield Strikers U-14 Youth Travel Team and the Diamonds U-13 Premier Travel Team during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. She spent two summers as a soccer camp instructor at the Fairfield University and Princeton University Soccer Camps.
As a four-year starter in the midfield for James Madison University, Andersch ranks fourth on the Dukes all-time career assist list, 11th on the career points list, is tied for 15th on the all-time goals list and her JMU teams were ranked in the top 25 every season she played. Andersch was selected to compete in the Umbro Select Senior All-Star game in 1996 and was an NSCAA//Umbro All-Region First Team selection in 1996. As a freshman, Andersch led the team in assists and tied the university’s single game record for assists (3).
In high school, Andersch was a two-time NSCAA All-American and a Parade All-American. She was a U-14 National Pool player and played for the U-19 and U-16 Region I Olympic Development teams. A native of Columbia, Md., Andersch was named Washington Post All-Metro First Team three times and All-Region and All-State twice.
Since completing her Masters Degree in Computers in Education, Andersch has been teaching for the past year and a half. She started her education career at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, Ct., where she taught eighth grade mathematics. She then moved to Staples High School where she spent the year as a computer science teacher instructing students on computer operations and software systems.
“I am thrilled to be a member of the Florida State women’s program,” said Andersch. “The opportunity to learn from the experiences of Patrick Baker and to work with a first class team is excellent. I made a decision to get back to my roots in soccer and I am happy to be working at FSU.”