Margaret Saurin

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Margaret Saurin
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-01-03) 3 January 1978 (age 45)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1996 Hamman Celtic
1996–1999 Shamrock Rovers
2000 Springfield Sirens
2000 Fortuna Hjørring
2001–2002 Christian Brothers 47 (47)
International career
1995–1996 Republic of Ireland U19
1996–? Republic of Ireland
Managerial career
2007–2014 IPFW Mastodons
2014–2017 Oakland Golden Grizzlies
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:13, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:13, 5 May 2021 (UTC)

Margaret Mary Saurin (born 3 January 1978) is an Irish former association football (soccer) player and coach. She played for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team, before playing and coaching soccer for multiple teams in the US.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Saurin started playing for Hamman Celtic, and in 1996, she joined Shamrock Rovers Ladies.[1] She was part of the Shamrock Rovers team that won the 1997 Ladies FAI Cup, and lost the 1997 Dublin Women's Soccer League Final to Shelbourne Ladies.[1] In 2000, she played for US USL W-League team Springfield Sirens, as one of five Irish players in the Sirens squad, and also for Fortuna Hjørring.[1]

From 2001 to 2002, Saurin played for Christian Brothers. She made 47 appearances for Christian Brothers, scoring 47 goals,[1] and having 64 assists.[2] In the 2001 season, Saurin made 29 assists, which was an NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship season record.[3] She was credited with 35 assists in the 2002 season, which broke her own record.[3][2] She was awarded an All-America spot for the 2001 season,[4] and the Gulf South Conference top player award for the 2002 season.[5]

International career[edit]

In June 1995, Saurin played for Republic of Ireland under-19s in a match against Austria under-19s.[1] She was part of the Republic of Ireland under-19s team that won the 1996 Dana Cup,[1] one of the world's largest youth football tournaments,[6] and was named the tournament's most valuable player.[7] In the same year, she received a callup to the senior squad. She scored a goal on her international debut, playing against Northern Ireland.[1] She represented the Republic of Ireland in qualification matches for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro 2001, and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.[8] She played in the 2003 Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2003, Saurin became an assistant coach at Christian Brothers.[1] From 2004 until 2007 she was an assistant coach of the Akron Zips women's soccer team.[1] In 2007, Saurin became head coach of the IPFW Mastodons women's soccer team.[1][10] She stayed in the role until 2014,[1] when she became head coach of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies women's soccer team.[1] In 2015, Saurin coached Oakland to their first Horizon League Championship.[7][11] In January 2017, Saurin quit her role with Oakland,[11] and in February 2017, she became an assistant coach of the Dayton Flyers women's soccer team.[1][7]

Personal life[edit]

Saurin is from Dublin, Republic of Ireland. She studied administration and marketing at the Dublin Institute of Technology,[7] and later a master's degree in education at Christian Brothers University.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Roll of Honour: Confirmed Ireland Women's National Team Players". Women's Soccer Archive. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "College Women: Gregg leads Christian Brothers to Division II title". Soccer America. 8 December 2002. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Lady Buccaneer Soccer 2003" (PDF) (pdf). Christian Brothers. 2003. pp. 3, 7–8, 15, 18–20. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Women's Soccer Awards" (PDF) (pdf). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2020. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Top Ten History". Gulf South Conference. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Dana Cup Hjørring". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "Margaret Saurin". Dayton Flyers. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Margaret Mary Saurin". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Irish women's team for Portuguese tournament". Irish Examiner. 26 February 2003. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  10. ^ "WOMEN'S SOCCER ASSISTANT HIRED AS HEAD COACH AT IPFW". IPFW Mastodons. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Saurin steps down from women's soccer head coach position". Oakland Post. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2021.

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