Mariel Wilner enters her second year as an assistant coach at the University of Utah after being hired by head coach Rich Manning in March of 2010.
Wilner came to Utah after spending three years as the goalkeeper coach at Penn State University. She has also previously served as an assistant coach at Harvard University and at Northeastern University, where she was a member of the team from 2003-05.
Already a proven instructor, Wilner guided Penn State three-time All-American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors in 2007 and 2009. In January 2010, Naeher was called in to train with the U.S. Women's National team and the Boston Breakers selected her in the 1st round of the Women's Pro Soccer (WPS) draft. Before Penn State, Wilner helped Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann to 2006 Ivy League Rookie-of-the Year honors.
Wilner is also a director for World Cup winner and Olympic gold-medal coach Tony DiCicco's SoccerPlus Camps. Additionally, she is the head goalkeeper coach for the U17 Region I ODP team and has been an instructor for the NSCAA Goalkeeping Institute since 2006. She was also head coach of the U16 Central Penn United Spartans for three years while living in State College, PA.
A native of Owings Mills, MD, Wilner began her collegiate playing career at the University of Maryland (2002-03) and eventually transferred to Northeastern in the spring of 2003. She was the starting goalkeeper at Northeastern her junior and senior years, earning second team All-New England honors in 2005. Wilner garnered conference player-of-the-week honors twice during her undergraduate career.
She finished second on the all-time goals against list at Northeastern with a 1.49 average through two seasons. She also posted seven shutouts and racked up 3316 minutes over 36 contests. At Maryland, Wilner started the first 12 games of her career and had 30 saves.
She set the Maryland state record for shutouts (38) during her prep career and earned All-State, All-County and All-League accolades at McDonogh School.
Wilner graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned her Master's in Business Administration from Penn State's Smeal College of Business in May of 2010.
Wilner also currently serves as the Marketing Chair for the NSCAA Women's Committee and has also earned her NSCAA National Diploma.