Durham, N.C. - Mike Jeffries, a former standout soccer player at Duke, will return to his alma mater to accept the associate head coaching position with the men’s soccer team.
“To welcome back one of our all time greats as my associate head coach is truly a joyous occasion for the entire Duke Soccer family,” said Head Coach John Rennie. “Mike was an outstanding player, has a great coaching background and will be a tremendous asset to our players and staff alike.”
Jeffries comes to Duke after spending the 2005 season as the Head Coach of the University of the Incarnate Word. He guided the Cardinals to a share of the Southwest Conference title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament, a 14-4-3 overall record and a 11-1-2 mark in the conference.
“I am excited to come back to Duke and work with one of the top collegiate programs in the country,” said Jeffries. “After college I always thought that I would love to get back to Duke and I am fortunate that opportunity came up. It is a great environment for to come to and bring my family. I am looking forward to working with Coach Rennie and the players.”
Prior to coaching for Incarnate Word, Jeffries spent a year as a volunteer coach at Southern Methodist University. He entered the collegiate coaching ranks after coaching in the MLS from 1998-2003. He began as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire, coaching the goalkeepers. He guided Zach Thornton to the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award and helped the Fire win two US Open Championships. He then became the Head Coach of the Dallas Burn in 2001, leading the squad to the playoffs in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he was nominated for MLS Coach of the Year.
After graduating from Duke with a degree in electrical engineering and public policy, Jeffries was the first American player chosen in the 1983 MISL draft. He was picked by the Minnesota Strikers. He played four years for the Strikers and one season for the Dallas Sidekicks before a knee injury cut his playing career short. He went on to earn his USSF “A” license and a master’s degree from Tulane University in finance.
Following his playing career Jeffries got in to coaching when he founded the premeir program called the Lafreniere Soccer Association in New Orleans which grew to 1,500 youth players. He went from there to the New Orleans Gamblers Soccer Club of the “A” league where he coached for three years and led the team to the 1997 Central Division Championship.
Jeffries, is one of six Blue Devils in the history of the program to be named National Player of the Year. He was awarded the Hermann Trophy in 1983 after leading Duke to a record of 18-2-2 and a No. 1 ranking throughout the season. As a junior in 1982, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the first National Championship game in school history. The game was one of the most epic battles in tournament history as Indiana defeated Duke 2-1 in eight overtimes. Jeffries earned All-America honors in 1983 as well as an Academic All-America selection. He was also named to the All-South Region first team as a senior and was a two-time All-ACC selection.
A native of Bethesda, Md., Jeffries and his wife Terry are the parents of Kaitlin (12), A.J. (10) and Nathan (6).