Vardar Soccer Club DOC and former UDM Head Coach Takes Helm
The Michigan Stars FC will begin their 2017 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Season with a new head coach as they hire Morris Lupenec after the resignation of Andy Wagstaff. Lupenec is the Director of Coaching for Vardar Soccer Club and is a former University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Men’s Soccer Head Coach.
As a long standing and respected member of the Michigan soccer community, Coach Lupenec is a great addition to the Stars. The experience, knowledge and connections that he has gained over the years, will help to continue the momentum that the team saw on the pitch last season.
“I am excited about being part of a foundation that is already started and will try to build on the success that Andy Wagstaff had with the team.” Lupenec commented as he has already begun to build his team for this year. He continued stating, “Thanks to General Manager Chris Corteg and everyone with the Stars on having faith on me moving into this role. They have built a good foundation and I am here to try to get them on the next level and into the playoffs. This is going to be a great chemistry between the organization and management and it will all fall into place and I am looking forward to putting in a lot of hard work and dedication to make that happen.”
Stars President, Shereef Akeel stated, “We are excited to have Coach Lupenec coach the Stars for the 2017 season. The soccer community knows that he is a proven winner.”
As the Director of Coaching for Vardar Soccer Club, Morris Lupenec has combined traditions of soccer success and proven player development and the talent pool that they have sent onto college and beyond is an ideal asset in recruiting and coaching for the Stars.
Lupenec has held records at his alma mater, the Oakland University, in the school’s single-season record for goals (20) and points (47) and is second on the university’s career listing in goals, assists and points.
As the former University of Detroit Mercy Men’s Soccer Head Coach, Coach Lupenec earned 150 victories during his career and he was a three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year (1995, 1996 and 2005). His teams went on to conference championship games five times and earned two regular-season titles and the Horizon League Tournament title in 1996.
Work on the 2017 Michigan Stars FC schedule, roster and season is in full swing with Lupenec now on board and player announcements will begin soon.
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