Waldir DeSouza is entering his 11th season with the Michigan program and his first as the operations assistant. During his tenure with the Maize and Blue as a volunteer assistant coach, DeSouza has assisted Michigan head coach Steve Burns with the management of team training and fitness.
DeSouza joined the varsity program in 2000 following three seasons coaching under Burns' Michigan men's club soccer team (1997-99).
DeSouza also served with Burns as an assistant coach for the Mid-Michigan Bucks from 1998-99. His coaching experience includes an assistant role with the 1996 and 1997 Detroit Dynamite of the PDL, as well as a head coaching stint with the USISL Professional Detroit Wheels in 1994 where he coached then team captain Burns.
DeSouza played professionally in the Brazilian First Division for eight years, highlighted by being a part of the Brazilian Olympic team in 1976. His career also includes playing for the New York Cosmos, Detroit Express, Kansas City Comets and Buffalo Stallions of the MISL. With the Kansas City Comets, DeSouza was the 1986 Defender of the Year.
DeSouza resides in Dearborn with wife Sara. They have a son, Michael, who attends the University of Michigan.
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