Mike Brizendine is in his fourth year as Virginia Tech’s head coach after spending five years as the Hokies’ top assistant.
His 2012 squad earned the most wins in a season (seven) for the program since 2007. On Nov. 5, 2012 in College Park, Md., the Hokies scored three-unanswered goals to top NC State in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, capturing only the second victory for the team in the tournament since the school joined the conference in 2004.
The 2011 side played five top-25 nationally ranked opponents during the season, highlighted by a 1-0 double-overtime win over 2011 NCAA champion North Carolina. The victory was the program’s first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since 2004.
Under Brizendine’s guidance, the Hokies have also had a great deal of success in the classroom. His teams have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for three consecutive years (2010-12). The award honors teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Tech was one of three men’s soccer programs in the ACC to earn the honor the past three years.
An experienced coach on all levels, Brizendine helped guide the Hokies to their first NCAA College Cup appearance in school history in 2007. He has worked with all aspects of the Hokie program. For his contributions, Brizendine was recognized as the NSCAA’s Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
Brizendine joined the Hokie staff after a successful stint with Bridgewater (Va.) College, a Division III program that participates in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). After assisting both the men’s and women’s programs at Bridgewater in 2000, he became the head men’s coach from 2001 to 2003, guiding the team from non-competitive status to a full-fledged Division III program. Brizendine led Bridgewater to its two best single-season records, 12-6 in 2003 and 11-7 in 2002, for a 23-13 mark over two seasons and a .639 winning percentage. For this significant turn-around, his peers named him ODAC Coach of the Year in 2003.
Prior to his time at Bridgewater College, he was an assistant coach at Ferrum College for the men’s soccer team in 1999. He has also been active guiding and encouraging kids in youth soccer programs throughout his coaching career.
Brizendine graduated from James Madison University in 1999 and earned his Master of Education from Virginia Tech in 2005.
As a player, he lettered four seasons at James Madison University from 1995-98 and ended his career sixth in all-time scoring for the Dukes. He earned All-Conference and All-Region recognition during his four-year career. He also played professionally with the Roanoke Wrath (1999) and the Northern Virginia Royals (2000 and 2001) of the Division 3 league.
Brizendine, his wife Lucy, and daughter Sloane reside in Blacksburg, Va.