Mighty Oak Monday (Pre-Season 1)

What have the last few months been like for you with the club?

The past few month have been really exciting. I've enjoyed the energy of the ownership group, getting to know the club's connections in the community & most of all the challenge of building a competitive team. The busiest aspects of the off season are recruiting & vetting players, along with aligning all of the logistics of the season: staff, training regime, player housing, etc. 

What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?

I'm really thrilled to be coaching in my back yard. To have the platform to build a team in Ann Arbor is really neat. Also, I always look forward to building relationships with new players, while sharing the game with them. The player manager relationship is very important to me & I'm looking forward to working with all of the men we have coming in. 

What can fans expect this season on the field?

Fans can expect a team that is prepared to execute a match plan, plays with passion & is eager to prove themselves in the NPSL. I'm looking forward to the support of the Ann Arbor community in the continued growth of our following. 

With 6 NPSL teams in Michigan, has your recruiting approach changed?

With the addition of Grand Rapids FC, Kalamazoo FC and ourselves, recruiting has become even more competitive. Every club is fighting over the same players, which is far different than years past. We have worked really hard to build on existing relationships for player recruitment & ID all of the players in our back yard. On top of that we are going to supplement our roster with a few international players who will represent us well adding depth to our roster.