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Giesen returns to UB as assistant for women's soccer

Former University at Buffalo player Megan Giesen was named to the Bulls' women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Shawn Burke.

Giesen returns to UB after working as graduate assistant coach at Youngstown State the last two seasons. She played four seasons at Buffalo, serving as captain during her senior campaign. That team won UB's first-ever Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

In addition she served on UB's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for four years and was named to the executive board as the secretary as a senior.

"We are ecstatic to bring Megan back to Buffalo and add her to our staff," Burke said. "Not only was she a proven leader but a proven winner. Her experience here at Buffalo as a student-athlete and her time at Youngstown State make her an invaluable asset to our program. Megan will have an immediate impact with our athletes and will be instrumental in helping us get back atop the Mid-American Conference."

Burke's former assistant coach, Molly Rouse, was hired for the same role at the University of Iowa, in June, after spending the previous two seasons with the Bulls, creating the vacancy.

Burke's other assistant during the 2016 campaign, Casey Derkacz, was promoted to associate head coach after the season.

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