After serving 10 years as a college assistant soccer coach, including five at Virginia Tech, Mike Brizendine finally got his opportunity to be a head coach when former AD Jim Weaver promoted him to the head coach of the Tech men’s soccer program on June 11, 2009.
|Seasons at VT||Eighth Season|
|Overall Record||37-73-18 (.359) Games: 128|
|ACC Record||7-40-12 (.220) Games: 59|
|vs. Non-Conference||30-33-6 (.478) Games: 69|
|vs. Ranked Teams||4-31-6 (.171) Games: 41|
|Record Home||23-28-12 (.460) Games: 63|
|Record Away||9-39-6 (.222) Games: 54|
|Record Neutral||5-6 (.455) Games: 11|
|1999||Men's assistant coach, Ferrum College|
|2000||Men's and women's assistant coach, Bridgewater College|
|2001-03||Men's head coach, Bridgewater College|
|2004-09||Men's assistant coach, Virginia Tech|
|2009-current||Men's head coach, Virginia Tech|
|2009 5-12-2 overall, 2-6 ACC|
|2010 5-13-1 overall, 1-6-1 ACC|
|2011 4-13-2 overall, 1-6-1 ACC|
|2012 7-10-3 overall, 0-7-1 ACC|
|2013 4-8-5 overall, 1-5-5 ACC|
|2014 7-8-2 overall, 2-5-1 ACC|
|2015 5-9-3 overall, 0-5-3 ACC|
Brizendine and his young squad won five games, including an upset against then-No. 10 Xavier in 2015. Sophomore Merlin Baus led the team, tallying 15 points. At the conclusion of the season, Ricardo John signed with the professional team Central F.C. in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago. The team went to double-overtime on four occasions, drawing with No. 19 Louisville, Pittsburgh and No. 7 Notre Dame.
In 2014, Brizendine's young squad produced seven wins, including victories over Wake Forest, NC State, SIUE and UNCG. Freshman Ricardo John, who tallied 11 points, was named all-conference and all-region. Underclassmen scored all 19 goals and freshman keeper Ben Lundgaard recorded six shutouts in seeing nearly 75 percent of the minutes in goal.
The 2013 season saw a school-record three players either get drafted into the MLS or sign professional contracts following the season. The Hokies also earned the most points in ACC play (eight) since 2007. Those eight points came in the form of a victory over No. 17 Syracuse and ties with No. 1 North Carolina, No. 16 Clemson, No. 19 Virginia, Duke and Pittsburgh. Under Brizendine’s direction, the Hokie defense only allowed 23 goals all season, the lowest total allowed since 2005. Tech was able to produce an Academic All-American selection, as well as the second first-team All-ACC selection in school history.
Brizendine’s 2012 team earned the most wins in a season (seven) for the program since 2007 – the year the Hokies made it to the NCAA’s College Cup. 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 opponents during the season, and the year was 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 earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for four consecutive years (2010-13). The award honors teams with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
As an assistant under former coach Oliver Weiss, Brizendine played an integral role in helping the Hokies make it to the College Cup for the first time in the program’s history. For his contributions, he 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 and wife Lucy, reside in Blacksburg, with their two daughters, Sloane and Reece.