Feb. 8, 2012
McMenemy Interview (YouTube)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's soccer coach Chaka Daley announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 8) the hiring of Tommy McMenemy, formerly of Columbia University, to the position of assistant coach for the Wolverines. Daley also announced the retention of Craig Waibel as assistant coach and Tim Weaver as program assistant.
"We are very fortunate and excited as a program to have Tommy and Craig as part of our coaching staff," said Daley. "Tommy is an excellent young coach who has assisted Columbia University to greater heights not only as an All-American student-athlete but as an influential part of their coaching staff in many aspects, from coaching and recruiting to community relations. We look forward to welcoming him to the University of Michigan."
McMenemy recently completed his sixth season on head coach Kevin Anderson's staff after joining his alma mater in 2006 as a volunteer assistant. He was elevated to the program's top assistant position in 2008. At Columbia, McMenemy assisted in all phases of the program, including organizing training sessions, devising tactical strategies, and developing a competition schedule.
The Southampton, United Kingdom, native also served as the head coach of Landsdowne United, an amateur men's team in the top division of the New York premier semi-professional league, the Cosmopolitan League, from 2006-09. McMenemy was the head man for team Sparta of the Manhattan Soccer Club, a premier U-17 boys club, for one season. In addition, he was a co-director and staff coach for New York's premier soccer academy, New York Soccer Academy, which boasts a roster of nearly 200 players. He holds an NSCAA National Diploma as well as an FA Preliminary Coach License.
As a player for the Lions, McMenemy earned NSCAA adidas All-America status as a senior in 2003 and was a two-time first-team All-Ivy League and first-team all-region selection (2002-03). He led the team in goals and assists in his junior and senior seasons and was selected by his teammates as a team captain as a senior. McMenemy also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Ivy League honors in his final two years as a student-athlete.
Waibel, a former MLS standout, begins his second season with the program after joining the U-M staff prior to the 2011 season.
"As a program, we are delighted to have retained Craig as a part of the coaching staff at the University of Michigan," said Daley. "His knowledge of the game and experiences in the college and professional game in this country are monumental for our student-athletes and is a welcomed addition to our future."
Weaver, a 2007 U-M grad, will also return for his second season as program assistant, after serving in a similar role last season.
"We are also fortunate to have Tim Weaver as our program assistant," said Daley. "Tim is an excellent ambassador of the Michigan soccer program, and the assistance that he will provide in day-to-day operations as the program moves forward will be instrumental as we cultivate our culture within the program."
The team will begin its spring season on Feb. 18, hosting Detroit at 5 p.m. at Glick Field House.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423