Courtney Sirmans

Courtney  Sirmans

Assistant Coach


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Courtney Sirmans is already in her third year with the Rice coaching staff after joining the Owls in the summer of 2015, and her influence is easy to see.

From serving as a point person on recruiting to helping coordinate the team's tactical preparations and analysis of opponents, Rice Soccer continues to make impressive strides. The Owls reached the double-digit win plateau and earned the No. 2 seed in the 2016 Conference USA Tournament. The Blue & Gray also enjoyed one of the longest unbeaten streaks in the country last year, a school record-tying seven-straight wins in a late-season run. Individually three Owls earned All-Central Region honors, while a myriad of Sirmans-coached C-USA honorees included Samantha Chaiken as the league's Midfielder of the Year and Nia Stallings as an all-conference honoree.

In Sirmans' first Rice year of 2015 no less than six Owls earned C-USA postseason playing honors. Lauren Hughes was the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Sirmans helped develop the Canadian standout into a season of playing professionally overseas once her Rice playing career was over.

Before arriving at Rice Sirmans spent two seasons coaching at the University of Massachusetts where she helped the Minutewomen post back to back Atlantic-10 tournament appearances. She worked primarily with the defenders, and was instrumental in training centerback Rebekka Sverrisdottir to first team all-conference honors in 2014 and to the A-10 All-Tournament team in 2013.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Dayton, Sirmans spent the 2012 season coaching at her alma mater. While working with the Flyers' defense she mentored Alysha Mallon to all-region and all-conference honors.

Prior to Dayton, she served three years as an assistant at Wright State from 2009-2011 where she helped in all aspects of the program. Sirmans helped coach WSU centerback Lauren Patterson to First Team All-Horizon League and to the conference All-Tournament Team in 2010. In 2009 Patterson was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, and as a squad the Raiders registered a steady .81 goals-against average for the entire season.

During her time as an undergraduate at Dayton, Sirmans appeared in 75 games with 59 starts and logged eight goals and 11 assists in her four years. She was tabbed an Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz magazine in 2004 after totaling 15 points on five goals and five assists to finish fourth on the team in scoring in her Division I debut. In addition to earning a spot on the conference All-Rookie Team during her first season with the Flyers, she collected her first of two A-10 All-Tournament team accolades. Sirmans assisted on both goals in the conference semifinals that year and set up the game winner in overtime in the championship match to help the Flyers earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Following her collegiate career, Sirmans had a trial with TSV Crailsheim, which is part of the top division German Women's Bundesliga, and was also invited to a tryout with the Women's Professional Soccer's Washington Freedom. Sirmans has extensive club coaching experience as she has worked with Ohio Galaxies since 2010, and coached one of the best teams in the Dayton area that was ranked as high as second in Ohio South.

Prior to attending Dayton, Sirmans was a five-time member of the Ohio Olympic Development Program state team. She also played year-round for the Dayton Soccer Academy after three years of high school play for the Centerville Elks. Sirmans helped lead DSA to State Cup titles in the first four years of the club's existence in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. DSA was also runner-up in the US Club Nationals in 2003.

A native of Centerville, Ohio, Sirmans graduated from Dayton in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. She has her USSF B License, NSCAA Premier License and U.S. Soccer Instructor License. She is a NSCAA Associate Staff member and part of NSCAA Women's Committee. In 2015-16 Sirmans was named to NSCAA 30 under 30, which is the top 30 men and female coaches in the nation that are under the age of 30.



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