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Ben Pirmann
Ben  Pirmann

Assistant Coach


Men's Soccer Welcomes 2015 Recruiting Class

Head coach Damon Rensing announces a field of eight in the class of 2015.


MSU Men's Soccer Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

Seven student-athletes set to join the Spartans in 2014.


Spartans Face Notre Dame in NCAA Elite Eight

MSU will take on the Fighting Irish in rematch in hopes to advance to the College Cup.


No. 14 Spartans Compete in NCAA Sweet 16 at No. 8 Georgetown

Michigan State takes on the Hoyas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.


No. 14 MSU Hosts No. 17 Louisville in NCAA Second Round

Spartans to host the Cardinals in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sun., Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.


Michigan State 2 - Michigan 0


Impact Players for 2012

Michigan State Soccer Coach Damon Rensing discusses the top players for the 2012 Michigan State Men's Soccer team.

Former Spartan midfielder Ben Pirmann joined the MSU coaching staff in the fall of 2011. Pirmann replaced his former collegiate coach Joe Baum, who announced his retirement after nearly four decades on the Spartan sideline.

Pirmann will enter is 13th season at Michigan State, eighth as an assistant coach. Pirmann has helped guide the Spartans to three Elite Eight appearances in the past 5 seasons (1 of 4 programs in the country to achieve that feat). Pirmann has been honored the past two years as a National “Top Assistant Coach” by College soccer News in both 2016 and 2017 – marking himself as one of the top assistant coaches in all of college soccer.” 

In his eight seasons back at his alma mater, Pirmann has been involved in all aspects of the program. Last season, MSU once again reached the Elite Eight, finishing the season with a 13-3-4 record. In 2016, Pirman helped guide the Spartans back to the NCAA Tournament, hosting the first round in East Lansing. MSU ended the season with a 13-5-2. In 2015, the young Spartans finished 8-9-2.

In 2014, Pirmann and the Spartans advanced to their second-straight NCAA Elite Eight with a 12-5-6 overall record. During the 2013 campaign, Pirmann helped guide the Spartans to a record-breaking season as MSU earned a program-record 14 wins en route to a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1968. In 2012, he helped the Spartans claim their third Big Ten Tournament title in school history. Pirmann has been a part of each - in 2004 and 2008 as a player, and in 2012 as a coach.

Before returning to MSU, Pirmann spent previous two seasons (2009-10) as an assistant coach at Western Michigan and was involved in all facets of the Bronco program, with his primary responsibilities including the areas of compliance, recruiting, travel, video analysis, camps and scouting. Pirmann was a large part of the rebuilding process at Western Michigan in those two years, which saw the Broncos return to the upper echelon of the Mid-American Conference. In 2009, WMU doubled its win total from the previous year with a 6-10-1 record and took third in the MAC, going 3-2-1 in league play. Additionally, the Brown & Gold advanced to the conference tournament semifinals for the first time in the last four years.

Western Michigan had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2010, reaching the conference tournament championship for just the third time ever and finishing as runners-up in the regular season, only behind national champion Akron. The Broncos posted an overall record of 10-8-2, going 4-2-0 in MAC play, and finished the year ranked No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region.

A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Michigan State, Pirmann concluded his career with the Spartans in the fall of 2008, helping lead MSU to a Big Ten Championship. Pirmann was also part of the Spartan squad that won the Big Ten title in 2004. He was part of NCAA Tournament teams in 2004, 2007, and 2008.

Pirmann earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State in May 2008 and also earned a master's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in coaching the following year. During his playing career, Pirmann was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and also earned the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2008. The former Spartan midfielder had one career goal and 13 career assists. He took a medical redshirt year in 2007, so he is the only player to play on both of MSU's two Big Ten Championship teams (2004 and 2008). In his career, the Spartans went 4-0 against Michigan and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. "Ben has been a part of some of the most important games and most successful seasons in recent history here at MSU," added Rensing. "Hopefully the current players use Ben's experience as a student-athlete as well as his proficiency as a coach as a great resource. Ben will help us continue to strive for the type of seasons that he enjoyed as an undergrad, and help us build upon our recent successes."

He is also the head coach of Detroit City FC. Pirmann has led the NPSL club since 2012, winning multiple trophies, including the 2017 NPSL Midwest Regional Championship. DCFC are one of the largest clubs in all of North America.

Pirmann, who also played for the West Michigan Edge (2007-08) and Indiana Invaders (2005-06), has been a USSF licensed coach since 2006, and currently holds a National B license. He helped the team as a student assistant coach at Michigan State in his medical redshirt season, and continued his duties following his final playing season while working on his graduate degree. In addition, he has worked a variety of high school and youth camps across the nation, including those at Michigan State and Notre Dame.

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