AFC Ann Arbor Assistant Coach Mike Meyer, and longtime friend of Sporting Director Eric Rudland, has recently been named the Men's Assistant Coach at Niagara University. This is an exciting move for Mike, as he will join Niagara's Head Coach Bill Boyle for his first season in charge of the Purple Eagles.
Mike was an integral piece in AFC Ann Arbor's Technical staff for the 2016 season, helping orchestrate the Mighty Oak's midfield play in both team defending & attacking schemes. Along with his work on the training pitch, Mike was excellent in match analysis and management.
"I speak for the whole organization in saying that Mike was a key asset in our success this past summer in the NPSL, and he was a main guy for me in Lansing as well. It is tough to see him go, but I am really excited for this new chapter in his coaching career. Hopefully next summer we can sign a few of his players to join us for the 2017 season," said Rudland.
Not only was Mike instrumental in helping out AFC this past season, he has been a long standing member of the Ann Arbor soccer community for nearly 10 years. He first moved to Ann Arbor back in 2006 to work with the former Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association and then went on to start Vardar Ann Arbor. Mike coached in the MSYSA Olympic Development Program and spent the 2015-16 season leading Vardar's U16 USSF Developmental Academy Team.
The AFC Ann Arbor Family would like to thank Mike for his tireless work and commitment to the Mighty Oak and wish him all the best at Niagara University! Check out Niagara's article on Mike's announcement here!