Ken Masuhr Named Assistant Coach For Women's Soccer

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's head coach of women's soccer, Darren Ambrose, has announced the hiring of Ken Masuhr as an assistant coach with the Quakers. Masuhr replaces Pete Pososki, who left after six seasons to take a job on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech.

"I am very happy that Ken decided to join our staff at Penn," said Ambrose, who will enter his 12th season overseeing the Penn women's soccer program in 2011. "His energy and passion for the game are contagious. He understands the needs of student-athletes in today's competitive environment, and will be a great asset to our program. He did a great job at Monmouth and I expect him to do the same here. He will be our recruiting coordinator and work with the team on some defensive-related aspects of the game, where we can draw on his background as a player and previous coaching experience."

Masuhr comes to Penn from Monmouth University, where he spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Hawks' women's soccer program. His first season, Monmouth won the Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round. Masuhr worked with the Hawks' defensive unit, and had two players earn NSCAA all-region honors in 2009 (Ali Kliment, Lia Fierro). Kliment also was named the NEC Defender of the Year in 2009.

Prior to his stint at Monmouth, Masuhr spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham. Before that, he was an assistant coach with the men's soccer program at Kean University, helping the Cougars to a 2005 ECAC Tournament appearance.

Masuhr is also heavily involved in the youth soccer scene in New Jersey. Currently, he is an assistant coach with New Jersey's under-17 Girls' Olympic Development Program team, which won the regional championship in 2010. That team featured six ODP regional players and one national team member.

As a player, Masuhr began his college career at Rutgers University, where he helped the Scarlet Knights win the Big East title and earn an NCAA Championship bid in 1999. Masuhr then transferred to Richard Stockton College, where he played a role on the 2002 and 2004 Osprey teams that won New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championships and earned NCAA bids.

Masuhr graduated from Richard Stockton with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and he also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Kean University. As a coach, Masuhr has a "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) as well as the Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).