SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Marisha Schumacher-Hodge has been hired as an assistant coach for the Sacramento State women's soccer program, head coach Randy Dedini announced. Schumacher-Hodge has played and coached in a variety of locations around the world since completing her collegiate playing career at Boston University in 2009.
"I'm really excited to have this opportunity," Schumacher-Hodge said. "I've heard a lot of great things about the team and Randy and I think we will work really well together. We have a lot of young, talented players and I'm excited to use all of the experience I've had playing in different countries and working with different coaches to help the team be successful this year."
Schumacher-Hodge most recently served as the head coach/player at Durham University in England and led her team to a second place finish at the British University National Championship last fall. She also has coaching experience as the head boy's varsity coach at Animo Venice Charter High School, as an assistant coach with the Westside Breakers U13 and U15 teams in Los Angeles, and as a coach and trainer for other club teams.
"We're very excited to have Marisha," Dedini said. "With her playing and coaching background she brings instant credibility to our team and I think our girls are going to respond really well to her. She has an extensive playing career and is a young and enthusiastic coach ready to work hard. She is going to be a great addition to our program and I think we're going to work really well together."
An extensive post-graduate playing career brought Schumacher-Hodge to professional teams in Iceland, Finland, and Sweden. She also played for several American teams including the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), the Boston Aztecs of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL), and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat of the W-League.
Schumacher-Hodge was a three-time All-America East First Team selection at Boston University, leading the Terriers to three conference championships and four NCAA appearances. She was named the America East Midfielder of the Year in 2006 and 2008 and was a two-time NSCAA All-Northeast Region honoree. She also shined in the classroom, earning a spot on the NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-America Third Team and the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team in 2008. She totaled 13 goals and 14 assists in 86 career games as a four-year starter for the Terriers.
Schumacher-Hodge graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Boston University in 2009 and is completing a master's in education from Durham University.