2017-18 Coaching Assignments Announced
Coaching assignments are now available, with a handful of changes to the coaching roster. Jason Smith, Minem Boufakherdien, and Sam Makki are moving on, and we'd like to thank them for their work with your sons and daughters over the past eight months (or longer). We wish them well as they move forward in their coaching and professional careers.
With departures come arrivals, and we're excited to welcome several new faces.
Andy Pritchard has already been announced as club Director of Coaching. Many of you met him over the weekend. With over 10 years of coaching experience in the Ann Arbor area and a USSF A license, we're thrilled to bring him on board.
Erik Schultz is the current head coach at Concordia University, and holds a USSF C license. His experience at the college level will provide a valuable resource for players wishing to play collegiately following the conclusion of their club soccer careers, and gives the club an additional asset as we develop our college recruiting program.
Angel Calzadilla comes to the club after spending the past seven years with Michigan Rush, including a State Cup victory! Before that, Angel coached in Louisiana, including stints with the Olympic Development Program. He has a USSF B license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National diploma.
Taylor Babcock is a former D1 player at the University of Portland in Oregon. She returned to the University of Michigan this year.
Ryan Rosero moves to Michigan Tigers after four years coaching in the Traverse City area, most recently with TBAYS. He holds a USSF E license.
Program outlines will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Michigan Tigers Announce: FREE U5 - U9 Junior Tigers Clinics
(March 22, 2017)
The Michigan Tigers are excited to announce the Junior Tigers program, a series of soccer clinics at WideWorld Sports Center for boys and girls born between 2008 and 2012. These clinics are free of charge, and taught by your favorite Michigan Tigers and WWSC coaches including Pedro Rita, Zach Artinian, David Poole.
Overseen by new Michigan Tigers Director of Coaching Andy Pritchard, the Junior Tigers will offer high quality and specific soccer instruction in a fun and enriching atmosphere, with instructional staff not only nationally licensed, but possessing the ability to foster a love for the game with younger players.
The clinics will run at the following days and times, and are open to any player meeting the age requirements. To sign up, go here.
Please email email@example.com with any questions, and feel free to bring a friend (or two!).
Michigan Tigers to Offer Full-Year U15 Teams
As the largest soccer club in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Tigers anticipate fielding full year U15 (2002) teams for both girls and boys, offering the best arena for player development in the area. Players participating in the full year U15 program will join their partial-year teammates in November, on their originally-selected teams.
Michigan Tigers Prepare for Spring
(March 22, 2016)
Ann Arbor's premier travel soccer club continues to prepare for the spring season. The fully licensed staff (including USSF A licensed Pedro Rita, pictured above), are in the final stages of their outdoor preparations, having trained most weeks since November.
The field turf surfaces used by the Michigan Tigers are a perfect substitute for the natural grass fields the teams will play on in April, and give MTFC the best chance at successful league and tournament runs in 2016.
Michigan Tigers Win Disney
(February 16, 2016)
The first of many trips to Florida resulted in one tournament championship for the Michigan Tigers, and third place finish.
The U11 Boys Gold team bested the competition to bring home champions medals, while the U13 Gold team lost in PKs in the semi-finals. Both did the club proud.
Michigan Tigers Announce Birth-Year Teams for 2016-17
As many have heard, U.S. Soccer has made changes to the age group cutoff barriers, mandating a move to birth year (January - December) rather than school year (August - July) teams by 2017. In an attempt to be proactive, the Michigan State Youth Soccer association, as well as affiliated local leagues such as MSDSL and WSSL, will implement these changes beginning in June 2016.
We strive to balance social and player development with the desire to follow professional-level standards and best practices, and as such, will begin offering birth year teams beginning in June. Doing so will give our players the best environment to compete and develop, as we anticipate clubs from around the area making similar decisions.
In the coming months, we'll hold open age group sessions to aid in making the transition as seamless as possible, and remain available to you as a resource to answer any questions you may have about the change. A schedule of informational meetings, organized by 2015-16 teams, is located here.
We thank you for you continued support of the Michigan Tigers and look forward to an excellent winter training season.
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