Mike Boland enters his second season as the head women’s soccer coach at Benedictine University in 2015.
Benedictine posted a record of 4-14-1 in his first season at the helm with a 2-8 mark in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Danielle Melotte earned a slot on the NACC All-Freshman Team.
In Boland’s second season as head coach, Benedictine improved to 9-9-1 overall and 6-4 in the NACC. Taylor Pokorny, Jackie Elzakhem and Lea Gindville all earned second team All-Conference honors in the 2015 season. Zoie Holloway was selected to the NACC All-Freshman Team.
Boland arrived at Benedictine after serving as the men’s soccer assistant at Northern Illinois University for three seasons. In 2011, he helped guide the Huskies to a Mid-American Conference title and earn a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championships.ampionships.
During his time at NIU, Boland was also responsible for recruiting, fundraising, practice planning, marketing, and organizing community service projects. During his tenure, the Huskies recruited two “Nationally Ranked Recruiting Classes” with state players of the year from Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, paired with top prospects both domestic and abroad.
While working at Northern Illinois, Boland also served as the Northern Illinois FC Director of Coaching and Player Development for three years. He helped grow the organization exponentially from 2009 to 2013.
Boland graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2006 with a degree in marketing. He has an NSCAA Premier Diploma and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. He and his wife Jenna have a daughter named Breklyn.