After four years as the head coach of Saginaw Valley State University’s Men’s Soccer team, coach Andy Wagstaff has announced his resignation. Wagstaff, who is also the owner of Liverpool Football Club International Academy- Michigan, led SVSU to two GLIAC Conference Championships, compiled a record of 54-16-10, four NCAA appearances, a Sweet 16 appearance, coached four All-Americans, including two players that turned professional, and was also named GLIAC Coach of the Year three times. Prior to being the head coach for SVSU, Wagstaff was a coach at both Oakland University and the University of Michigan. At the club level, he won two National Championships. Wagstaff also previously coached for Bolton Wanderers FC and at Liverpool FC Academy.
Wagstaff said the decision was difficult, but straightforward. “It was an honor to lead the men’s soccer team at SVSU and I’m proud of what the lads accomplished over the last four years, but for me, it was about needing a break and about having more time to spend with my family. That may sound pretty straightforward, but it was not an easy decision given the relationships I had built with the school, the staff and the players. It’s never a good time to resign, but I think we’ve accomplished a lot over the last four years and the program is well-positioned going forward.”
"We are grateful to have had Andy as the leader of our men's soccer program these past four years," stated SVSU Director of Athletics, John Decker. "His devotion to his growing family was a significant factor in his decision, which we certainly respect. Andy's intensity and deep knowledge of the game will be difficult to replace, however, we will always appreciate the hard work he did while he was here to maintain the proud SVSU Men's Soccer tradition."
After some dedicated family time, Wagstaff will return to Liverpool FC International Academy- Michigan where he will resume part-time coaching duties. He is also looking forward to taking on the role of Assistant Coach for the Michigan Bucks for the 2019 Season and then Head Coach in 2020. The Michigan Bucks will play out of Atwood Stadium in Flint, MI. They are three-time PDL National Champions and one of the most successful minor league soccer teams ever, regularly turning out players drafted in the first round of the MLS draft.
“This chapter has closed but I’m looking forward continuing to play an important and active role in soccer here in southeast Michigan,” said Wagstaff.