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Carmichael selected to lead SOU men’s soccer program

ASHLAND — Davie Carmichael, a native of Scotland with NAIA roots and a track record of success in multiple roles at the NCAA level, has been tapped to become Southern Oregon University’s next head men’s soccer coach, SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre announced Tuesday.

Most recently an assistant for one season at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Carmichael will take over a Raiders team that has only been around since 2015 but is coming off its first Cascade Conference championship and an appearance in the NAIA Tournament. He previously made stops as an assistant and head coach at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) and Lake Erie College (Mich.).

“I feel honored to be named the second head coach in SOU men’s soccer history,” Carmichael said. “I would like to thank Matt Sayre, President Linda Schott and the search committee for giving me this opportunity. This is a new challenge for me and a challenge I am motivated for, and (former coach Biniam Afenegus) has left a tremendous foundation on which to build.”

Last season at Cal Poly, Carmichael served under Steve Sampson, the former head coach of the United State Men’s National Team, and helped the Mustangs to the longest winning streak in team history and a record of 7-10-1. He came after two years as an assistant at Buffalo, another NCAA Division I program. He was named Buffalo’s head coach in January 2017, but three months later the school announced it would immediately drop men’s soccer along with three other sports.

In 2015, his first season at Buffalo, the Bulls went 8-7-4 for their first winning record in seven seasons. They improved to 12-4-3 in 2016, notching their highest win total in 11 years, and reached the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game for the second year in a row after nearly setting a program record for shutouts (10) and receiving votes in the NCAA Top 25 poll for three weeks. The team earned an NSCAA Academic Team Award both seasons, and in 2015 boasted the highest combined GPA in the conference.

At each of his last two stops, Carmichael guided players who are currently members of the Portland Timbers organization: Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone, and Cal Poly’s Christian Enriquez.

Carmichael’s first head collegiate gig was at an NCAA Div. II, Lake Erie College (Ohio) — a team he lifted from a 1-16-1 record the year before he took over to 11-5-2 (the top mark in program history) in 2014, his fourth and final season on the job. His run ended with coach-of-the-year recognition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the team’s first-ever NSCAA Midwest Regional ranking at No. 6. In total, he went 33-34-7 with the Storm and produced 11 all-conference performers. In 2014, the team featured nine academic all-conference selections.

“Coach Carmichael has a wealth of knowledge, experience and personality he will bring to our program,” Sayre said. “He connected immediately with the student-athletes and our staff and will be a great asset to the Raiders. The next chapter for our young soccer program will be dynamic under his leadership.”

Prior to his coaching career, Carmichael was a member of Scotland’s U-18 Men’s National Team in 2001 and the Greenock Morton Football Club from 2000-02. He first attended Northwood University (Mich.), where he was an All-GLIAC and All-Midwest Region first-team performer in 2004. He later transferred to a then-NAIA program, Notre Dame College (Ohio) — leading his team to an appearance in the NAIA semifinals in 2005, and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 2007. In 2011, he attained a master’s degree in education from Lake Erie.

Carmichael has two children: a son, Maxwell-Jaxon, and a daughter, Charley Buttercup. He and his wife, Christina, have been married since 2014.

“I aim to continue to take positive steps forward in sustaining a winning culture here and developing a distinct identity for the future of SOU men’s soccer,” he said. “My family and I are excited to become part of the Ashland and SOU community.”