University of Buffalo
Mike Idland is in his sixth season as the head women's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Idland has guided the Panthers to an overall record of 50-40-4 during his tenure, including 26 wins in the last two years, and the brink of the NCAA tournament. He has also coached 17 all-conference performers, including the 2012 AMCC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
The Panthers followed up a record-setting 2011 campaign with even better year in 2012. Pitt-Bradford reeled off 13 victories, matching its win total from the previous season, and advanced to the AMCC championship match for the first-time ever in program history. The team's eight wins in conference play set a new record and its 3-1 win in penalty kicks over La Roche in the conference tourney snapped the program's seven-game losing streak in the conference semifinals.
A record seven players were named to the all-AMCC team, led by forward Maggie Boehler and goalkeeper Alisa Cornell. Boehler was named both the AMCC Newcomer of the Year and Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Cornell earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Panthers ranked near the top of every statistical category in the conference and had two players finish with double-digit goals. In the regular season finale, Pitt-Bradford defeated Medaille 1-0 for Idland's 50th career-win.
In 2011, Idland directed Pitt-Bradford to the best season in school history while being named AMCC Coach of the Year. The Panthers established a new school record for wins with 13 and hosted a postseason match for the first time in program history. Pitt-Bradford finished second in the conference during the regular season with a mark of 7-1-1, the highest finish ever by any Panther team. Three players were named first-team all-conference selections and three more were represented on the second-team.
Pitt-Bradford was one of the top defensive teams in the country in 2011, ranking 10th nationally in goals against average and 12th in shutout percentage. In 18 games, the Panthers surrendered a total of eight goals, including just two in conference play.
After finishing 5-12-1 in his first season, Idland directed Pitt-Bradford to 10 wins and a sixth-place finish in the AMCC in 2009. In the first round of the conference tournament, Pitt-Bradford upset third-seeded Medaille to record the program's first ever AMCC tournament win.
The Panthers improved to fifth in the conference in 2010 and posted nine wins. Pitt-Bradford knocked off D'Youville in the opening round of the conference tournament to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year. Four players were named to the All-AMCC squad, and the team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Silver Ethics Award for finishing the entire season with just two yellow cards.
Prior to coming to Pitt-Bradford, Idland served as an assistant at Division I Canisius College from 2007-08. He previously served in the same role at Buffalo State College from 2003-07.
Idland currently serves as a technical director for Joe Machnik's No. 1 Soccer Camps, where he began coaching in 2000. He previously served as a goalkeeper coach for the New York West Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2004-12. In 2007 he was recognized as the New York West ODP Coach of the Year. Idland has also been a member of the Region I Girls ODP goalkeeping staff since 2008, and is currently the head goalkeeper coach for U-19 program at Region I ODP.
Idland coached the U-15 girls for Alliance FC of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2011-12, during which the team won the United States Club Northeast Regional Super Group, advancing to the US Club National Championship competition. His team also captured titles at the Umbro Top-Rated Showcase and Baltimoremania. Idland is also the head coach of the U-16 girls team for the Empire Revolution United Soccer Academy in Buffalo where he previously served in the same capacity with the organization from 2003-08.
A native of Westfield, N.J., he played collegiately at SUNY Cortland.
He received his bachelor's in secondary English education from SUNY Cortland in 2003, and earned a master's in English from the University at Buffalo in 2006.
Idland holds a USSF "A" coaching license and currently resides in East Aurora, N.Y., with his wife Nancy and their daughters, Marielle and Molly.