Mike Idland is in his seventh 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 63-46-5 during his tenure, including 39 wins in the last three
years, and has been on the brink of the NCAA tournament twice. He has also
coached 20 all-conference performers, including the 2012 Allegheny Mountain
Collegiate Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, as well as
the 2013AMCC Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
In 2013, Pitt-Bradford again reached the
championship of the AMCC tournament, finishing one game shy of reaching NCAA’s.
The Panthers finished with 13 wins for the third year in a row and placed a
total of six players on the all-AMCC list. Freshman Forward Melissa Smith claimed
the league’s Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year Award.
Three different players earned AMCC Player of the
Week honors throughout the year. Senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley, sophomore
forward Maggie Boehler and Smith were each tabbed with the honor once. The
Panthers led the conference in goals per game (2.80), assists (38) and assists
per game (1.90).
The Panthers followed up a record-setting 2011
campaign with an even better year in 2012. Pitt-Bradford secured 13 victories
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 at the time, 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.