Stannard to Coach the Detroit City FC
May 10, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Kylie Stannard, the assistant coach for the Michigan State men's soccer team, has been named the head coach for the Detroit City FC amateur team. Stannard will coach the minor league team in its inaugural season. While competing in the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Division, Detroit City FC aims to also represent the Detroit area and to reflect, attract, and incorporate the diverse segments of their community. Stannard and the team open up play on May 12th when they host AFC Cleveland at Cass Tech High in downtown Detroit.
"I would like to thank Damon Rensing, Mark Hollis, and Shelley Appelbaum for allowing me to pursue the head coaching position with Detroit City FC," said Stannard. "This is a great opportunity to grow my coaching experience in addition to my day to day duties at Michigan State to further enhance our men's soccer program. This experience will allow me to represent Michigan State men's soccer in the city of Detroit and represent the state of Michigan throughout the country as part of the National Premier Soccer League."
"I am also very grateful to Ben Steffans and the rest of the ownership group at Detroit City FC to be named the first ever head coach of this inaugural franchise. I look forward to helping them fulfill their mission as an organization and building some of the foundation for many successful years to come," commented Stannard.
Stannard has two familiar faces already on his squad, with both former MSU goaltender Jeremy Clark and midfielder Spencer Thompson on the Detroit City FC roster. Stannard coached Clark from 2009-11 and Thompson from 2009-10.
" One of my jobs as head coach of a soccer program such as Michigan State is to provide an environment for our assistants to gain experience, develop, and move on to other coaching opportunities," explained head coach Damon Rensing. "Kylie is a future head coach in Division I soccer. Hopefully this opportunity will continue to help him achieve that goal."
Stannard joined the Michigan State coaching staff prior to the 2009 season. He has helped lead the Spartans to a record of 31-25-8 over the past three seasons and to two NCAA tournaments ( 2009, 2010). Before joining the staff at MSU, Stannard was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for four seasons. Stannard played collegiate soccer at the Creighton University from 1996-99 and has both his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" Coaching License and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
"I am excited for this opportunity Kylie has as Head Coach of Detroit City FC," said Rensing. "I think it is great that Mark Hollis and Shelley Appelbaum are allowing Kylie to continue to grow as a young, up-and-coming soccer coach. He will do a great job for the ownership at Detroit City FC and their mission. Kylie knows the game very well, is a good communicator, and extremely motivated. He will represent Michigan State University, the athletic department, and soccer program well in an area of the state that is important to MSU."
Michigan State men's soccer program has prepared several coaches and players to excel. Former MSU men's soccer assistant coach, Bill Boyle, is currently that assistant coach at Colgate University. Ben Pirmann, who played for MSU from 2004-08, has returned to his alma mater an assistant coach for the Spartans, coming back to MSU after a stint at Western Michigan. Jeremy Clark, the 2011 MSU captain, has also been assisting the coaching staff, serving as a volunteer assistant as he completes his undergraduate degree.
To learn more about the Detroit City FC, visit the team's web site: www.detcityfc.com
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