Nov. 30, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's soccer coach Steve Burns announced today (Wednesday, Nov. 30) his resignation after 12 seasons as varsity head coach. Burns compiled a 122-98-22 overall record and a 27-38-8 mark in Big Ten Conference play during his tenure.
"We appreciate Steve's efforts on behalf of the University of Michigan," said athletic director Dave Brandon. "Steve has been a valuable member of the men's soccer program since its inception and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
"As a Michigan alum, I'm proud of everything we've been able to accomplish within the soccer program," said Burns. "I will forever cherish the relationships that I have developed over the past 12 years with players, assistant coaches, support staff and fellow coaches within the department. However, it's time for a new direction in my life and leadership for Michigan soccer."
His 2011 team finished the year with a 5-14-1 record and a 1-5 mark in conference play. They were eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Burns helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA College Cup (Final Four) and capture the Big Ten Tournament Title, a pair of firsts for the program during the 2010 season. His team lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Akron (2-1). Burns was selected as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by FieldTurf and was named a finalist for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year for his team's effort in 2010. U-M finished the season with a school record 17-5-3 record.
Burns helped produced 61 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and Matt Niemeyer was named to a first team Academic All-America in 2004. On the field, Michigan players collected 11 All-Big Ten first team citations and 10 second-team all-conference honors. Three Wolverines earned NSCAA All-America during his tenure: Soony Saad (second team, 2010), Michael Holody (third team, 2008) and Knox Cameron (third team, 2003).
Eight of Burns' former student-athletes have played professionally, including five players drafted by Major League Soccer.
Before the program was elevated to varsity status, Burns served as the head coach for Michigan's club team from 1993-99. He was an assistant coach in 1992. He helped the club program win back-to-back national titles in 1997 and 1998.
Burns holds a pair of degrees from the University of Michigan, a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering (1989) and a master of science degree in kinesiology (1998).
Michigan will begin a search for Burns' replacement immediately.
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