May 9, 2019by sackickadmin


The Development Academy is an initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class players.

(Identification Nights will be released soon)

Baltimore Armour is proud to announce they will be participating in the Girls Development Academy beginning in the 2019-2020 season. The Baltimore Armour brand was created in 2015 with John Ellinger at the helm and quickly became the top choice for male players in Maryland. Comprised of leadership and resources from SAC & Pipeline, Baltimore Armour’s sole objective was to build a world-class training environment. Pipeline and SAC will continue to operate on the club level while providing this tremendous resource for its players. Baltimore Armour Girls will be run and operated by it’s existing Board of Governance (Pipeline Soccer Club: Sean Rush (Baltimore Armour Girls Director of Operations) & Santino Quaranta (Baltimore Armour Girls Academy Director), SAC: Craig Blackburn (Executive Director) & John Ellinger (Baltimore Armour Boys Academy Director). Each year the club has grown creating a clear pathway of success both for individual players, and collective teams. “We have worked very hard to create an environment that is unmatched on the boys side, and fully expect to duplicate this for our girls” said Santino Quaranta. “The academy system and training environment is for players driven both on and off the field.” We are thrilled with the opportunity to provide these young women youth national team exposure and college pathways” added Quaranta. Pipeline & SAC will continue to prosper and compete in the National League, EDP, State Cups, and top national events. “The leadership at both SAC and Pipeline are very confident this coordinated effort will allow players and coaches from both clubs to grow at all levels” added Sean Rush. “It’s a great honor for Baltimore Armour to be given the opportunity to run the US Soccer Girl’s Developmental Academy in the State of Maryland. The partnership of Pipeline SC and Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC) has produced outstanding results on the boy’s side and now gets the opportunity to produce similar results on the girl’s side” said John Ellinger.

Read more about the Development Academy here and See ID days below:

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. The Academy expanded programming to include a Girls Development Academy in the Fall of 2017. The Academy has 197 total clubs between the boys and girls. The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.


March 1, 2019by sackickadmin

Applications available for the 2019 Amanda Post “AmandaWins” SAC (& RHHS) Student-Athlete Scholarship(s)

This annual $5,000 scholarship is offered in loving memory of Amanda Josephine Post who passed away in 2009, during her freshman year at River Hill High School and her ninth year as a Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County player, due to complications from a bone marrow transplant (BMT) for relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

The scholarship was created by Amanda’s family, friends, teammates and classmates, based on how Amanda would want her memory perpetuated and focusing on that for which she was so passionate … excellence in academics and athletics, and being part of the SAC community. The scholarship is awarded annually to help defray tuition/room & board/expenses for the recipient’s freshman year of college.

In addition to the Amanda Post “AmandaWins” SAC Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Amanda Post Memorial Fund also offers The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship, which is separate $5,000 scholarship offered to students who attend RHHS. SAC members who also attend RHHS are welcome to apply for either/both scholarships.

A total of eleven $5,000 “AmandaWins” SAC scholarships have been awarded in the first nine years to:

  • Class of 2010 SAC player/Mt. Hebron HS graduate Erica Cranston;
  • Class of 2011 SAC players/(both) Reservoir HS graduates Ryan Konstanzer and Breanna Marsh;
  • Class of 2012 SAC player/Wilde Lake HS graduate Gillian Sawyer;
  • Class of 2013 SAC player/Atholton High School graduate Isabelle Kim;
  • Class of 2014 SAC players/Marriotts Ridge HS graduate Andre Chen and Centennial HS graduate Ruthanna Lucas;
  • Class of 2015 SAC player/Reservoir HS graduate Natalie Raymond;
  • Class of 2016 SAC player/River Hill HS graduate Rebecca Higgins;
  • Class of 2017 SAC player/Mt. Hebron HS graduate Lauren Murphy; and,
  • Class of 2018 SAC player/Centennial HS graduate Rohit Vepa.

In addition to these SAC scholarships, a total of thirteen $5,000 RHHS scholarships have been awarded, resulting in a total of $120,000 awarded to twenty-four Howard County high school graduates in these first nine years of Amanda’s two scholarships.

All information, guidelines, and applications for both scholarships can be found at the following links:

Applications are to be submitted online at the Foundation’s website via the above links, and will be accepted through Friday March 8, 2019. Please also note Amanda’s SAC scholarship is available to any player who has played at SAC on a Travel or Rec team at least one year during high school and not just specifically during their senior year.


January 7, 2019by sackickadmin

Congratulations to everyone who made All County and All Metro!

Celina Baronski
Ethan Bishop
Vince Broccolino
Gabby Cabrera
Jamie Caine
Megan Connor
Jamie Ditullo
Delaney Ensor
Neal Fyock
Grace Gower
Payton Holmes
Fifi Iluymade
Gia Johnson
Aaron Kaplan
Thomas Kato
Sarah Langille
Ashley Molz
Collin Mutton
Madalyn Nichols
Megan O’Neil
Katherin Parris
Brendan Powers
Sahil Raina
Brennan Reamer
Erin  Regan
Paige  Rivers
Jacob Schiller
Patrick Sherlock
Mia Smiraglia
Braelyn South
Karis Turner
Aly Wagner
Aicha Wilson
Megan Wilson
Lexi Wrinkler