Aug. 4, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Men's soccer coach Damon Rensing has announced the addition of Bill Boyle to the soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach. He comes aboard in advance of MSU's 2010 season, and he joins Joe Baum and Kylie Stannard on Rensing's staff for his second season at the helm. Boyle's responsibilities will be assisting Baum with coaching the goalkeepers and coordinating the team's community outreach projects.
" We are excited and grateful to have Bill Boyle join the MSU soccer family," notes Rensing. "The combination of his playing and coaching experience along with his local ties will be a great asset to our program. Having one of the top players to come out of the greater Lansing area on our staff will help strengthen the ties between MSU Soccer and this great soccer community."
Boyle's coaching experience is both successful and at various levels of a player's development. He has coached premier soccer in Colorado and Michigan, and currently holds NSCAA's National Advanced License and USSF B License. Boyle served as the head coach of the men's program at Olivet College (2005-2008) , helping that squad to two of its most successful runs in school history. In his first season, he led the Comets from a last-place league finish the prior season to its second best finish in school history. In 2008, Olivet went 10-9-1 (8-6 in conference), compiling only the fourth winning season in program annals and the third-best conference finish. In all, he had five players earn All-MIAA distinction seven times in his four seasons at the helm.
Boyle has also coached at the high school level, serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater Okemos High School and helping the Cheiftains to their first Division I state soccer championship in 2004. He recently served as the boys varsity head coach at Haslett High School, and is the Director of Coaching at the Okemos Soccer Club.
Boyle's playing career began at Okemos, where he scored 32 goals as a senior and was voted Mr. Soccer Runner-up in 1993. He was a five year ODP starter. He went on to earn his BA in Business Management at Hartwick College in 1998, where he was a four-year starter at center midfield and striker for the Hawks. He went on to play professionally with the Detroit Dynamite and Cincinnati Riverhawks prior to starting his coaching career.