The Michigan Stars Football Club is proud to announce that Andy Wagstaff has accepted the position as the new head coach for Stars 2016 season.
“Coach Wagstaff is an excellent coach and well regarded in the soccer community among coaches and players, said Shereef Akeel, President, Michigan Stars FC. “The Michigan Stars are fortunate to have a coach of Andy’s caliber and we think that soccer fans will be thoroughly entertained this coming summer with an exciting brand of soccer at Wisner Stadium.”
“I would like to welcome Andy to the Michigan Stars family,” said Dr. Ned Fawaz, Michigan Stars CEO. “Andy comes to us with a very impressive resume and we’re looking forward to a successful 2016 season.”
“I am extremely excited and honored to become the new Head Coach at Michigan Stars,” said Wagstaff. “When I was approached by the Stars President, Shereef Akeel, I was very impressed with the structure of the club, their desire to offer high caliber players a great soccer environment, and also to connect with the fans of South East Michigan. I feel the ambition of the Michigan Stars to become a major club in the NPSL and beyond was something that made the position even more attractive. I am excited to start this long and successful journey with the Michigan Stars.”
Wagstaff was named the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Saginaw Valley State University in April of 2015, taking charge of a Cardinals team that finished the 2014 season with a 14-5-2 record and qualified for the NCAA Division II Round of 16.
His successful coaching career includes three seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach at Division I Oakland University where he helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to a pair of regular season championships.
Prior to his time at Oakland, Wagstaff spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan. He has also served as an assistant for the Michigan Bucks of the Professional Development League and the Oakland University women’s soccer team as well as coaching in the United Kingdom, serving as an Academy Coach for Bolton Wanderers FC from and Liverpool FC Academy between 1998 and 2002.
Wagstaff has a history of success at the high school and club levels serving as the Director of Coaching and President for the Bloomfield Force Soccer Club. Wagstaff helped lead the U18 girls to the 2007 USYSA National Championship and earned the title of 2007 NSCAA Midwest Girls “Coach of the Year.” In 2008, Andy’s U19 girls became the first team in Michigan to win back-to-back National Championships. He won the 2008 Michigan State Cup with his boy’s U19 team and coached the Lahser High School men’s varsity team to the MHSAA Division II State Championship in 1999 and runner-up honors in 2002.
Wagstaff has the USAAF A coaching license, the UEFA B license and UEFA A license. He is also currently working as a scout for U.S. Soccer.