BRIAN PENSKY FILE
Born: Dec. 15, 1968.
New position: Tennessee women’s soccer coach.
Old position: Maryland women’s soccer coach.
By the numbers: From 2009-2011, Maryland went 44-14-9, made the NCAA Tournament all three years and appeared in the Sweet 16 twice. Overall, Pensky was 67-52-20 at Maryland.
Coaching career: Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) (1996-98), boys’ soccer coach; George Washington (1998-2000), women’s soccer assistant coach; Loyola College (2001), men’s soccer assistant coach; Maryland (2002-04), men’s soccer assistant coach; Maryland (2005-11), women’s soccer coach.
Degree: Bachelor’s in economics from Emory University, 1991
Family: Wife, Abby, and three children, sons Will, 9, and Ben, 8, daughter Alex, 9.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart's first official head coaching hire brings plenty of experience and accolades to the Lady Vols soccer program.
Brian Pensky, the coach at Maryland for the past seven seasons, will replace Angela Kelly, who left UT last month to lead the women's soccer program at Texas.
"I am humbled and honored to be the next head women's soccer coach at the University of Tennessee," the 43-year-old Pensky said in a university release. "There were a number of factors that went into this decision, including the tradition of athletic excellence, the passionate fan base, and the first-class facilities. But most importantly, Abby (Pensky's wife) and I were impressed by the family atmosphere within this athletics department, and we were very much drawn to that. We are very thankful to have the opportunity to join the Tennessee family."
UT did not release contract details for Pensky.
Under Pensky, Maryland reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past three seasons, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2009 and 2011. The Terrapins are one of three teams to finish in the top 11 in the NSCAA Coaches' poll in each of the past three seasons.
In 2010, Pensky was named the 2010 Soccer America National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year.
From 2005 through 2011, Maryland went 67-52-20 with Pensky at the helm.
"I am excited to have Brian coming to Tennessee to lead our soccer program," Hart said. "Brian is an outstanding coach with a proven record of success in building and maintaining an elite program capable of competing at a championship level. We welcome Brian, Abby and their children into our Volunteer family."
Pensky graduated from Emory University in 1991 but didn't get his coaching career started until 1996, when he became the boys' soccer coach at Bullis School in Potomac, Md. His first job at the collegiate level was at George Washington, where he served as an assistant women's coach 1998-2000. He had a one-year stint as a men's assistant at Loyola College, where he helped lead the team to the NCAA tournament, before joining Maryland's men's staff as an assistant in 2002. Three years later, Pensky had his first college head coaching job with the Lady Terrapins.
Pensky inherits a UT program that has qualified for the NCAA tournament twice since 2008. The Lady Vols (15-7) advanced to the SEC tournament semifinals this past season, but fell to Auburn before their first-round elimination against Ohio State.