By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
Former University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s and women’s soccer coach Mike Hatfield has landed a new gig. He has taken the position of assistant coach for the Adrian Bulldogs women’s soccer team, Adrian College announced Jan. 12.
Hatfield played a role in the creation of the soccer programs at UM-Dearborn. He spent nine years at UM-Dearborn and elevated the men’s soccer team to the varsity level in 2012.
Hatfield led the men’s soccer program to a 6-10-2 record in 2013 — his final year at the helm — good enough to make the playoffs in just the program’s second year at the varsity level.
“It was great creating and being part of the creation of watching the men’s program growing into a varsity sport,” Hatfield said. “It was great to watch us go from a one win team to a playoff team in one season.”
Hatfield started at UM-Dearborn as the men’s soccer club coach in the 2006-07 season and took over for the women’s club team in 2008. He coached the women until 2012 and coached men’s varsity from 2012-2013 before resigning.
Hatfield was previously the Director of Michigan Rush Downriver Soccer Club and head coach of Trenton High School soccer.
“Adrian is a championship caliber institution, and I knew that I wanted to continue my collegiate coaching career as a Bulldog as soon as the opportunity became available,” said Hatfield in a release by Adrian College. “I’d like to thank the administration for their flexibility, as it will allow me to continue working with the Trenton girl’s high school program and Rush Soccer Club.”
Hatfield is looking forward to several aspects of his new position with the Bulldogs. He will be working with mentor and friend Ali Alamdari at Adrian and is excited to be a part of an established Division-III women’s program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Hatfield to the Adrian family,” said Alamdari in a release. “Like many of our players, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike over the years, and we’re excited to bring his passion and expertise to our program on a daily basis.”
Along with his soccer goals, Hatfield will enjoy the flexibility to maintain his other positions in life like going to school full-time and finishing his degree. He will also enjoy the time that he can spend being a dad.