Long time No. 1 Staff Coach Mike Idland was recently named Head Coach for Women’s Soccer at SUNY College at Brockport. SUNY Brockport is a division III program near Rochester, NY competing in the SUNYAC conference. Idland was selected over scores of exceptional candidates due to his impressive resume that spans several different levels of soccer and his achievements as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. A former No. 1 camper, Idland played collegiately at at Suny Cortland. He became a staff coach at No. 1 in 2000 and went on to become a Regional Director in 2004.
In Idland’s eight seasons with the Panthers, he accumulated a record of 88-54-6, including an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) record of 49-22-2. The Panthers team qualified for seven straight conference postseasons including four straight runner-up seasons. During that time the Panthers have dominated the AMCC awards with numerous All-Conference honors in addition to Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards. In addition, Idland was first named the AMCC Coach of the year in 2011 after leading Pitt-Bradford to an impressive 13-3-2 record. He also was awarded the AMCC Co-Coach of the year this past season. Idland’s 2014 team set a new school record after a 15-5-0 year, which also resulted in the program’s first ever regular season championship.
Additionally Idland serves as a senior staff member of the Region I Girls’ Olympic Development Program (ODP) and as the head coach of the Under-14 Girls team for the Western New York Flash Academy. He also holds a United State Soccer Federation National Coaching “A” (USSF “A”) license.
At Brockport, Idland will face some No. 1 family rivalry in the SUNYAC conference next season when his team will face off against long-time No. 1 Striker Director, Nick DeMarsh’s Buffalo State University.
Idland recently spoke on his new venture at Brockport and the influence of No. 1 Soccer Camps on his coaching philosophy:
I am excited to be taking on a new challenge. The team has been hovering in the middle of the pack for the SUNYAC, so I am going to try to push the program higher up towards the top of the conference obviously. I think pretty much any coach would come into a new position with that same objective; the real question is how to get it done?