Men’s Soccer: Cardinals Name Saunders Head Coach

Men’s Soccer: Cardinals Name Saunders Head Coach

CATONSVILLE, Md. – CCBC Catonsville assistant director of athletics Melissa Miller today announced that former Cardinals’ goalkeeper coach Phil Saunders has been named the new head men’s soccer coach, replacing Patrick Corbett who recently resigned after two years at the helm.

Saunders takes over a team that went 5-10-2 (.353) in 2016 and included fifteen freshmen. 

"I am excited to start working with the team," says Saunders of his newly appointed position, "We have an exciting group of returning players to build on for next season."

Most recently, Saunders was the goalkeeper coach for the Baltimore Kings, a semi-professional team in its inaugural season. He also is a goalkeeper trainer for several clubs in the Baltimore area.

Before taking on a coaching role with the Kings, Saunders played professionally for two years in the Icelandic First Division for Bi/Bolungarvik (2014-2015), while returning home in the off months to play in the 2014-15 season for the Baltimore Blast.

"CCBC Catonsville Athletics is lucky to have a such a high quality candidate as the new head coach for our team," Melissa Miller, "I am genuinely excited to see where the program elevates to in the coming years under his guidance. As a player he has accomplished all the things that many of our student athletes wish to accomplish, which I believe will create an instant connection to current students and future recruits."

Saunders was a standout goalkeeper for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, prior to his professional career. He is tied for the second most shutouts in Retrievers’ history.

While at UMBC, Saunders also made the All-Rookie Team (2009), was named team MVP (2012), All-America East Team (2012, 2013), named most outstanding player in the America East Tournament (2012) and was a team captain (2013) on a team that finished as the No. 5 ranked team in NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer.

Saunders played for the Baltimore Bays, before attending UMBC. With the Bays, he won a state, regional, and national championship in 2011.

He has also won the Golden Glove award for best keeper and been named to the National Best 11 Team.

He attended Perry Hall High School, receiving All-Baltimore County, All-Metro, and All-Maryland State honors as a center back in 2008. He was captain of the team, as the Gators reached the state finals, and was named team MVP. Phil is currently completing his Master's Degree in Education and resides in Perry Hall, Maryland.